|Ipswich Strikers XI|
written by Ole_Pablo_Ole Tuesday, 8th Jan 2013 20:56
When I heard that Ipswich had signed an eleventh striker I joked "you could play a whole team of them", which then led me to think how that eleven would line-up if we were to start every single one of them.
So for purely trivial reasons I will be stating how I would line-up a team of Ipswich strikers. Obviously I know that not all of them are purely strikers but give me a break, it is just for fun!
Goalkeeper- Nathan Ellington
This was a hard one to decide but Ellington just about earned the job of putting the gloves on for this team. Partially because he is one of the fattest out of the lot so he stands a decent chance of keeping the shots out, but equally because he would be completely useless anywhere else.
Left Back- Aaron Mclean
I have put the Hull forward in here because he looks like he has a bit of strength and wouldn't be afraid to get stuck in. Of course when you have a team of strikers the back line is always going to look a bit crude but McLean could probably add a bit of class to the role in addition to giving the opposition a good kicking.
Centre Back- David McGoldrick
At just over 6 foot McGoldrick would certainly have the height to put in a decent shift in central defence. Apparently he has a bit of pace about him too which would help him keep up with his fellow forwards.
Centre Back- Daryl Murphy
The Irish forward is the tallest player in our team of strikers, standing at a mighty 6ft 3in. That makes him a decent partner for fellow big man McGoldrick and I can’t see many teams beating those two in the air. Murphy may not be the quickest but hopefully his fellow centre back would be able to cover for him if need be.
Right Back- Ronan Murray
I know what you are thinking; he is a bit on the scrawny side to be in the defence? Maybe you are right but the young lad has a bit of pace about him and I can see him bombing down the line making plenty of overlapping runs. Putting him at full-back would probably end in tears but that said, it is a team full of strikers and you can’t stick them all upfront.
Left Wing- Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
JET would be mine and I am guessing everyone else’s first choice here. Nobody is quite sure as to whether he is better upfront or on the wing but he has played here before so it makes sense to give him this role. He might have to do a bit more tracking back than usual with Aaron Mclean behind him but JET would be his usual self going forward in this position.
Central Midfield - Jason Scotland
At 33 years of age it is fair to say that Scotland’s legs may not be quite what they used to be. A role in central midfield would be ideal for the Trinidad international as long as he has someone else to do the running for him. I've always thought his passing was pretty decent too so he would be the top choice here in my eyes.
Central Midfield - Michael Chopra
Poor old Chops has been left with the job of doing all the dirty work in midfield. I’m not sure if this role would suit him well but it is hard to find a striker who will put himself about a bit. Maybe we would see the best of Chopra if he was given a place in the team where expectations weren't quite as high though. He would no longer be dragged down by the pressure to score goals and may just be the perfect fit.
Right Wing- Paul Taylor
A lot of strikers have been converted to wingers in the past and I’m sure it could be done here. I haven’t seen much of Taylor to be honest but I've heard he isn't all about the goals which would suggest that he would handle a right wing role pretty well.
Striker- DJ Campbell (OK, he's gone for the moment but Mick says he's still after him)
The easiest position to fill out of the lot, it wouldn't be right to put Campbell anywhere else. He is the perfect poacher at Championship level and is having a great season so far. It is fair to say that this team would concede a lot of goals so it is important to have someone who can score over 20 goals a season in this position.
Striker- Frank Nouble
The young striker hasn't made many first team appearances and it wouldn’t be fair to throw the new guy out of position. Nouble might not be completely ready for the first team and probably has a lot to learn, so putting him up top with DJ Campbell would be great for him. He is also a bit of an unknown quantity so you would want to see what he can offer upfront before putting him anywhere else.
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