|There is Something to Be Excited About!|
Written by LFBNITFC12 on Saturday, 6th May 2017 10:03
The majority of our fans seem to think that with Mick McCarthy in and Marcus Evans in control next season will only go one way... badly! However, from my ever positive view of my club, Ipswich Town, I'm predicting a lot more from the 2017/18 season.
Now, what I mean by this is my positivity for our 'potential' team. This season we've seen the team below for most of the campaign and at the end of this blog, I will show you the potential difference for the 2017/18 season and hope that I can infuse some of my excitement and enthusiasm into you. So, the team from this year looked mainly like this:
Now, clearly this team didn't do enough, but we can all agree that some players, must remain in this team: Bartosz Bialkowski, Luke Chambers, Myles Kenlock, Grant Ward, Emyr Huws (hopefully), Freddie Sears and David McGoldrick are the key members for a variety of reasons for me.
If we consider this the basic spine of the team for next year with a few additions and crucial players coming back from injury, and not even including potential new signings for now, then I think we have a strong set of players to go on with.
Already excluded from this bunch are Mr Consistent, Tommy Smith, a lad with the potential to be the best in the league, Adam Webster, the young and powerful Josh Emmanuel, the potential excitement of Teddy Bishop and Andre Dozzell, and the growing hype around Danny Rowe mixed in with a sprinkling of academy boys chomping at the bit: Kundai Benyu, Tristan Nydam and more. The squad already looks a lot stronger than we saw in the duration of the season just gone.
We also all need to realise the overhaul of players that there could be this summer. At the final home game of this season, me and my close friend went through the programme ticking off players that will not be there next year. In total we had doubts regarding more than a third of the squad, for example the dead weights of Leon Best, Jonathan Douglas and Giles Coke and the uncertainty over the futures of players like homesick Christophe Berra and the in need of football Brett Pitman.
A third-plus of a squad really is a large number of players that could potentially be leaving and, of course, I don't know any of the players that will be coming in yet, but we all must agree those leaving will already give us some options for next year in terms of key recruitment.
So, after these players are gone, loans are up and our injured players have returned, my excitement comes from the potential of what could be next season.
I think you'll all agree that we must do what it takes to keep hold of Emyr Huws, while there are early rumours of interest in the 22-goal midfielder Luke Berry from Cambridge. We continue to be desperate for a big man up front and I believe that our club and Mick McCarthy will and can get this ready for next season.
But as I originally said, with all of the potential incomers and outgoers excluded for now. I think we do already have a basis of a team that can get us excited for the new season, and here's how I think it can look, just using the best of what we have before new faces start to arrive:
Bench including: Rowe, Dozzell, Benyu, Hyam (and hopefully some new faces).
So, give me a reason that we can't get excited. I personally think we will see some investment and with some of our better names back fit and our ever special youth thrown in, I really do get excited for our potential for next year.
I really hope we all have a fantastic season next year and whatever comes our way, we stick together as the Blue Army. Mick in or out, investment or not, let's back them every step of the way and hope again, that this year, could be our year.
See you all there, I hope looking at the team in the potential way like I do excites you, just as much as it does me. Here's to a positive summer. COYB!
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