Just realised my comment sounds like a dig at Mick McCarthy which it isn't. I firmly believe that having a well balanced squad with no real stars is a much better approach then spending big on one or two players and upsetting that balance.
I think your logic makes sense and this is a really well constructed argument, however I do disagree. If we had a different manager then you would be right.
Mick McCarthy will bring in average players on free transfers and on loan because he knows he can only attract a certain caliber of player. The standard of player would be the same if he payed for them or got them on a free.
This is because anyone with a great amount of technical ability would either rather be managed by a different manager who isn't just all about graft and work rate, or they will go to a better club, or they would ask for insane wages from us and destroy the structure of the team.
Would surprise me as McCarthy mainly signs players born and bred in the UK. I think players that have learnt their trade on the continent find it harder to fit with the mentality of McCarthy's approach, after all he is an old school Brittish manager. (Not complain about McCarthy though, he is a great manager)
I think going to all the games doesn't always mean you have the strongest opinion. Some fans say the same things every game regardless of what is happening. They basically formed their views years ago and repeat them each week, such as "Watford always play unattractive football", "long ball isn't ever exiting", "that player is useless".
Of course all of those statements might be true but you need to back them up with something. I don't go to many games so I often only see statistics or quotes and I use them to compliment what I say.
Normally wish players the best of luck when they leave the club and I hate to say it, but that doesn't apply this time.
Chopra took advantage of the club's kindness to him when other clubs wouldn't go near him. He couldn't understand the fans frustration with him and was a prime example of footballers that take what they have for granted.
think its easy for those in Ipswich or other parts of the country to not understand the frustration. As I am based in the south west I was happy to see a pre-season friendly that was realistic to go to, as were many others. Try living hours away before you judge those that are unhappy with this
Agree with bluehook, was looking forward to seeing the town players in action and this game was a great chance for the club to reward their fans in the south west. They have screwed over the fans and Chippenham
Nthsuffolkblue: I was fully aware of all of those factors when writing this up but it was just a bit of fun. It was always going to be bit of a stretch to get 11 'strikers' in, but I'd like to think people enjoyed it.
BackToRussia: I think that Scotland could do something in central midfield, would be entertaining to see him there at the very least! I also think that Murphy could be half decent at centre back, again would be funny to see.