Ipswich Town will be hoping to reach new heights in League One in the coming months under the guidance of their new manager Kieran McKenna.
McKenna may be tempted to stamp his own authority on the club’s squad by securing the services of some fresh faces in the upcoming transfer window.
The Tractor Boys boss may also have to address the futures of some of his current players.
With the window set to open in January, we have decided to take a look at TWO transfer decisions that McKenna could need to make in the coming weeks.
Should he allow Louie Barry to return to Aston Villa?
When Louie Barry sealed a temporary switch to Ipswich earlier this year, he would have been hoping to make a positive impact in the third-tier for the club.
However, fellow summer signing Macauley Bonne has emerged as their first-choice striker in recent months.
Limited to just six appearances in all competitions, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Barry is allowed to return to Aston Villa next month as he has failed to make considerable strides in terms of his development at Ipswich during his time at the club.
Will James Norwood be handed a reprieve?
McKenna will also need to make a decision regarding James Norwood’s future as the forward was reportedly placed on the transfer list last month by the club.
After being forced to watch on from the sidelines for a considerable chunk of action earlier this season, the 31-year-old was recently handed the opportunity to impress by interim coach John McGreal during Ipswich’s clashes with Wigan Athletic and Sunderland.
Norwood scored in both of these fixtures and will now be determined to prove his worth to McKenna in the coming weeks.
If the forward is able to maintain his consistency at this level, McKenna may find it beneficial to keep him at Portman Road for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign as he could potentially help Ipswich climb the League One standings.