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Cook Eyeing Dobra
Thursday, 23rd Jun 2022 10:15

Blues forward Armando Dobra is being eyed by his former Town boss Paul Cook for a move to his current club Chesterfield.

The Derbyshire Times is reporting that the 21-year-old is on Cook’s radar, released former Blues left-back Bailey Clements having already moved to the National League Spireites during the close season.

Dobra looks set to leave Town this summer despite a year remaining on his contract and the Blues having an option for a further season.

TWTD understands Cook is indeed keen on Dobra, however, it’s likely a move to an EFL club would be preferable with a number of clubs understood to be keen on the Albania U21 international who spent last season with Colchester.

Dobra has made 16 starts and 14 sub appearances for Town, scoring two senior goals.

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Monkey_Blue added 10:36 - Jun 23
I would be disappointed to see Dobra leave but even more so to see him drop to the national league with Cook. He needs developing and Cook is no coach…

DinDjarin added 10:48 - Jun 23
Is this the same Cook who never played him?

PortmanTerrorist added 10:49 - Jun 23
Come on Dobs, light it up in pre season, convince ITFC you are worth keeping faith with. We all know there is a player in there, but time has almost run out and the only way would be down I suspect. Good luck !

PavlovsCat added 11:14 - Jun 23
Not sure why his career hit the buffers, on his day he’s a little magician. I’d like to think KM will have a good look before allowing him to go elsewhere, if anyone can restore confidence in a player I’m sure McKenna can.

havinit69 added 11:15 - Jun 23
Last pre-season at Colchester he was outstanding, easily the best player on the pitch. I really thought that he'd push on and cement his place in the team before he was then loaned out. I'd have thought KMcK would have been able to develop him. Defo a player in there somewhere.

Suffolkboy added 11:23 - Jun 23
Very very difficult to deduce exactly what goes on here . There’s obviously talent within ,but development has been slow and somewhat hesitant .
KM and Co are best placed to judge on what is necessary for ITFC in terms of squad composition , balance and potential ; could it be there are some less than obvious fault lines in AD’s character and commitment which means playing regularly at a lower level , finding his feet and maturing ?
We shall see , but time with PC doesn’t look appealing !

chorltonskylineblue added 11:45 - Jun 23
Needs another loan (if he wants one). Has only been loaned to Colchester during a season when they lost the manager that brought him in and they were relegation threatened. They'd also reached their limit of loanees to name in the matchday squad. It wasn't that long ago that Premier League Brighton wanted him. I'd like to see us keep him.

Jugsy added 11:52 - Jun 23
As with many others, I like the idea of Dobra but the reality isn’t quite there. We’ve all seen he’s got a bit of talent but I would suggest that his exclusion in the second half of the season at Colchester is a warning sign. He’s also a walking yellow, if not red card most of the time and a team can’t rely on him in the case.

Again, like with all Ipswich youth, I’d love for him to flourish and be a real talent for us but it’s not coming together. I’d let him go and focus on the next crop coming through.

blues1 added 12:45 - Jun 23
Think the problem with dobra is simply that, as others have already said, there's definitely some talent there. However, what does he actually provide the team with? Does he score goals? No. Does he set up goals? No. He's exciting to watch bcse he has a turn of pace and a few tricks up his sleeve so xan go past defenders. Invariably tho, hexeitherxfails to get his cross in, or tries to beat the player again and loses the ball. As has also been said, col ilutd, 2nd half of the season had 6 loanees. But why was it dobs who missed out every week, rather than one of the others? I'm a bit in the middle as to whetherxwe should sell or not, on this one at the end of the day. There is a player in there, but would we ever get to see that player here?

RegencyBlue added 12:54 - Jun 23
Harsh as it is to say it he’s another one like El Miz, not currently good enough for where the club wants to go and not really showing consistent signs of ever being so.

You can’t wait for players to come good for ever!

ringwoodblue added 13:09 - Jun 23
This would be a very bad move for him. Instead he should look to go to a top league 2 team like Gillingham, Wimbledon, Northampton or Swindon.

Linkboy13 added 13:51 - Jun 23
Times ran out for him had ample opportunities and failed to deliver . Why would any league club want to buy him as blues 1 said doesn't score goals or create anything.

Bazza8564 added 14:04 - Jun 23
Well he couldn’t get in our league one side, couldn’t get in Colchester’s l2 side for most of last year either. So on the basis we are aiming at Championship football before we have a crack at the PL, i can’t see the club wanting to be overly patient so i expect him to leave. Sorry if people think that’s harsh but the club has its sights set on better than this lad.

handslikeplates added 14:05 - Jun 23
In the past we have held onto players waiting for them to come good & show the talent for far too long (myself included). Town fans are a kind & loyal bunch, but we need to move on from these type of players sooner if we’re to progress.
Having said that Dobra is too good for Non-league Chesterfield.

leftie1972 added 14:46 - Jun 23
As a loan maybe and playing regularly maybe yes, but not as a permanent deal.

Essexipswichboy added 15:21 - Jun 23
Paul Cook banished him to train with reserves

I think he deserves a chance we have I decent coach/manager if KM can't get the best out of him ....then time!

midastouch added 15:58 - Jun 23
I thought Dobra was going to make the grade at Ipswich but sadly it doesn't look like working out as we hoped. I think the fact he failed to do the business at Colchester didn't help his overall cause. Nonetheless, I hope wherever he ends up he comes good and makes the most of his talent and potential.

blues1 added 16:01 - Jun 23
Handslikeplates but he's failed to hold down a place at lge1 level. Also at lge2 level. So how do u come up with him being way too good for non lge? Hexhas the makings of a good player but he's not there yet. So maybe a spell in non lge could do him some good. And who knows, could get a move back into the lge a much better player.

Monkey_Blue added 17:03 - Jun 23
Saw him live on the BBC last season and he looked a level above everyone else on the pitch. It’s hard to know whether he’s just not been handled right. As my grandad said about his employees, some are pat on the back sort of guys, some are kick up the ar53…. Perhaps the contract he got was too long and too big? Lots of stuff we don’t know but I’d like to see him make his mark here.

shadoof1016 added 19:24 - Jun 24
I like Dobra who is a nightmare to mark but his temperament is poor. He needs educating by McKenna and an arm round rptge shoulder but what the hell do I know. Difficult to fathom but I wish him well but no way should he be going to Cook

Linkboy13 added 13:53 - Jun 26
Failed to do it at league level a move to the National league would be ideal way to develop his game.

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