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Ipswich have the best squad in League One 10:46 - Mar 28 with 3563 viewsbournemouthblue

this wasn't even true when we were first relegated

I would say it was about 6th in the league and for me the issue has always been a lack of balance

We lack pace and power through out the side. The team we started with yesterday (KVY aside) was so slow and cloggy, exactly the vision I had of bang average League One sides whenever I had seen them appearing in the FA Cup.

We have a total lack of athletes with no real agility.

Bennetts is a frustrating player but he offers us more than the motley crew we put out yesterday.

The same is true with Parrott and I think both of them improve the balance of our side if nothing else.


Dozzell and Bishop are both talented players but that's a powder puff combo in the middle of the park. We suddenly look short on options with Downes out, Skuse well off the pace, Huws a shadow of his former self and Nolan seemingly cast into the wilderness. McGavin may have done a better job in there but we can't use him either!

Norwood is the only striker who looks up to it and I like the look of Parrot but he isn't ours ultimately.

Kayden Jackson has proved to be disappointing, Sears looks a shadow of the player who McCarthy first signed, Hawkins seems to have disappeared and Drinnan looks like he is playing a league or too high.

I've no doubt Drinnan is going to work hard but he doesn't look quick enough to really make a defence sweat for me. He had a rare burst forward against someone I forget and actually looked quicker than I was expecting but that seemed to be a rare flurry where he looked up to it.

If we somehow fluked our way into the playoffs and won them, we'd need a complete squad rebuild or we could crashing back down with a similar points haul to Wycombe.
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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 14:54 - Mar 31 with 556 viewsBeckets

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 14:48 - Mar 31 by itfcjoe

Cook has gone out of his way to praise them so far, and has been (from what I'm told) desperate to get Chambers back to CB to play there - but who knows how they go in the summer.

For me it feels a season too far for Sears, who jut hasn't contributed, possibly the same for Skuse who at his age has now spent a lot of time injured in the last 18 months - neither of those have "earned" a new contract for what they have done on the pitch.

Chambers a different story though, he'll again play 40+ games - as he has every season since he got here - and has performed at a consistent enough level that both managers this season have started him every week despite the relentless schedule.

If in the summer Cook decides that his race here is run, I don't think anyone will be up in arms about that decision - he has treated him with respect since he came in and not tried to be a wrecking ball....................however, if he gets a new deal (which I personally think he deserves, but can understand why he wouldn't if Cook wants a new broom) then I can guarantee there won't be the same level of respect shown to Cook's decision and a portion of the fanbase will stay on his back.


What's your gut instinct about who will survive the summer culling. I agree with you about Chambers. He deserves another season even as a squad player. One of the few players we have who is available week after week even at 35.
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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 14:56 - Mar 31 with 541 viewsitfcjoe

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 14:54 - Mar 31 by Beckets

What's your gut instinct about who will survive the summer culling. I agree with you about Chambers. He deserves another season even as a squad player. One of the few players we have who is available week after week even at 35.


I think there is going to be a huge cull, probably too many will go in reality and those with a bit of value liek Edwards and Bishop may be sacrificed unless they can pull their finger out in next 6 weeks.....

Cook wants squad massively streamlined

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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 14:58 - Mar 31 with 523 viewsBeckets

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 14:56 - Mar 31 by itfcjoe

I think there is going to be a huge cull, probably too many will go in reality and those with a bit of value liek Edwards and Bishop may be sacrificed unless they can pull their finger out in next 6 weeks.....

Cook wants squad massively streamlined


I think letting Bishop go would be the biggest call of the lot.
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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 14:59 - Mar 31 with 516 viewsHerbivore

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 14:25 - Mar 31 by jayessess

Which would tend towards (a), wouldn't it? That they don't or can't set the tone?

The suggestion is that we need to keep them around for the positive effect they have in the dressing room and on the pitch, but we're also saying that they can't affect their teammates. Doesn't compute.
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It computes quite easily.

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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 15:00 - Mar 31 with 515 viewshype313

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 14:56 - Mar 31 by itfcjoe

I think there is going to be a huge cull, probably too many will go in reality and those with a bit of value liek Edwards and Bishop may be sacrificed unless they can pull their finger out in next 6 weeks.....

Cook wants squad massively streamlined


I'd keep Chambers, KVY, Dozzell, Downes, Kenlock and to be honest I'm struggling to raise a case for the rest...

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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 15:02 - Mar 31 with 501 viewsjayessess

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 14:48 - Mar 31 by itfcjoe

Cook has gone out of his way to praise them so far, and has been (from what I'm told) desperate to get Chambers back to CB to play there - but who knows how they go in the summer.

For me it feels a season too far for Sears, who jut hasn't contributed, possibly the same for Skuse who at his age has now spent a lot of time injured in the last 18 months - neither of those have "earned" a new contract for what they have done on the pitch.

Chambers a different story though, he'll again play 40+ games - as he has every season since he got here - and has performed at a consistent enough level that both managers this season have started him every week despite the relentless schedule.

If in the summer Cook decides that his race here is run, I don't think anyone will be up in arms about that decision - he has treated him with respect since he came in and not tried to be a wrecking ball....................however, if he gets a new deal (which I personally think he deserves, but can understand why he wouldn't if Cook wants a new broom) then I can guarantee there won't be the same level of respect shown to Cook's decision and a portion of the fanbase will stay on his back.


I had Chambers, Wilson, Nsiala and Judge on my "consider retaining if we've no-one better lined up" list. I'd have no objection to him (or any of that lot) staying on that basis.

I just wonder how the "we're so quiet, we desperately need leaders" thing fits with retaining our current senior professionals as leaders.

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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 15:05 - Mar 31 with 483 viewschicoazul

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 15:00 - Mar 31 by hype313

I'd keep Chambers, KVY, Dozzell, Downes, Kenlock and to be honest I'm struggling to raise a case for the rest...


Why the heck would you keep a player who is so injury prone??? Have we learned nothing???

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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 15:07 - Mar 31 with 480 viewsBeckets

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 15:02 - Mar 31 by jayessess

I had Chambers, Wilson, Nsiala and Judge on my "consider retaining if we've no-one better lined up" list. I'd have no objection to him (or any of that lot) staying on that basis.

I just wonder how the "we're so quiet, we desperately need leaders" thing fits with retaining our current senior professionals as leaders.


Of the components of the team which require attention I'd put centre back at the bottom of the list and would be inclined to keep 2 out of Toto, Chambers and Wilson. We need to get Wolfenden back in the team and playing well knowing that he can be paired with an experienced partner.
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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 15:14 - Mar 31 with 466 viewsjayessess

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 15:05 - Mar 31 by chicoazul

Why the heck would you keep a player who is so injury prone??? Have we learned nothing???


He's under contract until 2023, so this isn't much of a discussion. Either he's injured and we can't get rid of him or he's fit and we don't want to.

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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 15:47 - Mar 31 with 441 viewsEwan_Oozami

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 13:14 - Mar 31 by footers

Hang on. He was privately educated? Jesus wept, I hope his parents kept the receipts.


So was Frank Lampard....

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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 15:52 - Mar 31 with 430 viewschicoazul

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 15:14 - Mar 31 by jayessess

He's under contract until 2023, so this isn't much of a discussion. Either he's injured and we can't get rid of him or he's fit and we don't want to.


Fair point must admit I thought he was out of contract this summer!

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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 16:01 - Mar 31 with 420 viewsChrisd

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 14:56 - Mar 31 by itfcjoe

I think there is going to be a huge cull, probably too many will go in reality and those with a bit of value liek Edwards and Bishop may be sacrificed unless they can pull their finger out in next 6 weeks.....

Cook wants squad massively streamlined


Makes total sense. A far smaller pool of players to select from with a mixture of PC's own signings with some that have survived the cull from the current squad. At the moment, it is a ludicrous situation.

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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 16:06 - Mar 31 with 411 viewsKeaneish

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 14:56 - Mar 31 by itfcjoe

I think there is going to be a huge cull, probably too many will go in reality and those with a bit of value liek Edwards and Bishop may be sacrificed unless they can pull their finger out in next 6 weeks.....

Cook wants squad massively streamlined


I'm surprised Bishop is playing a deeper role at the moment. He looked at his best in the first 20 minutes against Lincoln (i think it was) in the number 10 role. He committed players well and caused a few problems - certainly looked more of a threat than Judge.

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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 16:08 - Mar 31 with 406 viewsjayessess

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 15:47 - Mar 31 by Ewan_Oozami

So was Frank Lampard....

https://www.independentschoolparent.com/school/football-a-class-act/


Patrick Bamford, James Ward-Prowse, Solly March too

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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 16:12 - Mar 31 with 406 viewsPhilTWTD

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 12:47 - Mar 31 by itfcjoe

You just have to look at the players outside the 18 every game, it;s silly at this level.

But it also means development has been totally screwed for younger players, as there are so many bodies between them and the first team


And too many of them, young players, who play broadly the same positions. Think the club has held on to too many too similar players coming through when they ought to have made decisions and allowed some to move on.

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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 17:48 - Mar 31 with 358 viewsChrisd

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 16:12 - Mar 31 by PhilTWTD

And too many of them, young players, who play broadly the same positions. Think the club has held on to too many too similar players coming through when they ought to have made decisions and allowed some to move on.

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Spot on Phil!

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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 20:02 - Mar 31 with 314 viewshaynes_toe1

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 11:02 - Mar 31 by The_Flashing_Smile

Hurst's record isn't remotely comparable to Cook's. Once again you show you know nothing about football.


Not what I said. Lets add making things up to the rest of your hilarious egotistical actions on an online foru .
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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 20:32 - Mar 31 with 299 viewsMullet

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 00:49 - Mar 31 by haynes_toe1

Excellent post.

Its not a coincidence that the sudden turn on the players has coincided with the day Cook walked in because of an understandable desperation to maintain the belief that he's the messiah.


You seem to have written the opposite of what I've said

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Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 21:18 - Mar 31 with 271 viewsThe_Flashing_Smile

Ipswich have the best squad in League One on 20:02 - Mar 31 by haynes_toe1

Not what I said. Lets add making things up to the rest of your hilarious egotistical actions on an online foru .


You insinuated they're comparable: "He certainly has credentials at lower levels, with one promotion from this division, which is a good sign. EQUALLY, Hurts had just done well with Shrewsbury..."

Trust the process. Trust Phil.

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