|Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue!|
written by Pessimistic Thursday, 23rd Aug 2012 23:27
Someone once remarked that destiny is not a matter of change, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. Now I can guess what some of your are thinking. Here he goes again. One small ray of light in that dark foreboding tunnel of disappointments and he scurries excitedly towards yet another false dawn.
This may indeed be the case but I have never felt so positive about the future of this wonderful club for many a year and the feelgood factor seems to have enveloped most of us, I am delighted to report!
Paul Jewell is unusual in that he not only admits to his mistakes but corrects most of them too. He accepts that he hired too many players that were probably past their sell by date last season, in the hope of rapid promotion.
Lee Martin intimated too in an interview recently that some of his old recruits were perhaps more interested in their own careers than what happened to the club and certainly, when you see how the current young team are responding, there is every reason to believe him.
Luke Hyam has been a revelation so far this term and he has been ably assisted in midfield by Australian Massimo Luongo from Spurs, who although only on a season-long loan, is quickly finding his football feet at Ipswich Town.
I am sure that in an ideal world Jewell would not be looking at loan players but given the present financial restrictions imposed upon most clubs, he is not really left with a lot of choice. The likely acquisition of Guirane N'Daw from St Etienne, on another season-long loan, may not please everyone but he has proved his versatility in the past in France and when injuries start to decimate the small squad at his disposal, the Senegalese midfielder/centre-back, could become a very useful asset.
What PJ must guard against most of all however is rocking the boat. The team are playing for each other just now and there is a togetherness about the squad that we have not witnessed for some years and Town fans are reaping the results.
Yes, another striker is still a must in my view and another solid central defender too but given Town's current form there is every reason to believe that we will get some new recruits before the window closed on the 31st August.
For much of last season Paul Jewell was facing a barrage of criticism from some quarters and sometimes justifiably it must be said. At the start of this campaign, he was in fact the bookies favourite for the chop but ironically it could be Chops that saves his bacon in the end. Twenty goals from him and suddenly the promised land doesn't seem that far away - especially if Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Jason Scotland and, of course, Lee Martin weigh in with a few!
As Mick Mills alluded to on Radio Suffolk last weekend, Tommy Smith and Luke Chambers are goalscoring center-halves and if they could in some way emulate the striking prowess of Russell Osman and Terry Butcher and defend well as a unit too, then there could be goals a plenty from this exciting young team. Aaron Cresswell certainly has goals in him as well - as does Andy Drury, so as the season progresses, I can see goals aplenty for the men in blue!
What I have perhaps enjoyed most of all from this rejuvenated young team however, is the quality of their passing and their determination to keep the ball on the floor cuts down the errors too. That late, late strike by Michael Chopra on Tuesday night against the bogey men from Watford, came after 14 Town passes were completed. Now when was the last time we said that?
Blackpool on Saturday is a huge ask. If we do succumb to the men in orange, then providing we show the same commitment and determination that we have been showing, then all I am sure will be forgiven. And then perhaps it is time to forgive Paul Jewell too.
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