Ipswich Town are set for an interesting summer ahead, and Paul Lambert will be hoping that key members of his squad from last season can remain at Portman Road.
One of the rare bright-sparks in a disappointing season for the Tractor Boys was Luke Chambers, with the defender putting in some impressive performances despite them being relegated to League One.
Chambers is the subject of today’s FLW Spotlight, so we look into his statistics from last season in more detail.
In total, Chambers made 43 league appearances for Paul Lambert’s side, but was unable to stop them from being relegated to League One, and they’ll be favourites to win promotion at the first time of asking.
But for the Tractor Boys to do that, they need to be keeping hold of players of Chambers’ quality, and if they don’t, then the Portman Road faithful could be in for a long season ahead.
On average, Chambers made 4.3 clearances per game, as well as winning 4.1 aerial duals, which show that the central defender was certainly busy for the majority of last season.
He also made just over one tackle a game, which might make surprising reading, as it slightly contradicts the other statistics previously mentioned which suggest Chambers was busy during games last season.
The 33-year-old made an average of four long balls per game, which won’t come as a surprise, as Ipswich were often up against it against a large number of teams in the Championship last season.
But with a pass success rate of 71.4%, it doesn’t make too bad reading for Chambers, who certainly will be a key member of Lambert’s squad heading into next season.
Ipswich simply must hold onto Chambers heading into next season, as he offers qualities both on and off the field, with his leadership and experience likely to come in handy in League One.