Ipswich Town’s hopes of promotion are hanging by a thread, with Paul Lambert’s side desperately trying to reclaim and cement a place in the League One play-off spots.
The Tractor Boys started the season off really well indeed, building a healthy lead for themselves at the summit of the League One table.
But only a handful of wins since the end of November has cast the Suffolk club’s promotion hopes in doubt, with Lambert’s side sitting just outside the top-six.
Ipswich’s lack of transfer activity in January could well come back to bite them in their quest for promotion, making only two signings over the course of the month.
Josh Earl arrived on loan from Preston, whilst unknown entity Levi Andoh arrived from non-league side Worcester City.
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It’s no secret that Ipswich don’t have the funds to make signings, so developing their own players and selling them on could be a healthy model to follow for the long run.
Here, we take a look at two emerging talents who could save the club millions in the future…
Ipswich under-23’s forward Drinan is a really exciting prospect who is gaining invaluable first-team experience out on loan this season.
The 21-year-old has spent time on loan in Ireland with Waterford and on loan in Scotland with Ayr United this term, scoring eight goals in a total of 10 appearances combined.
His ability to hit the ground running in two competitive leagues shows that he has a real eye for goal and is a talented, up and coming forward.
He has huge potential and could be one to watch for the future.
Andoh does look to be a really bright prospect, and the young defender could be a key asset for the club going forward.
The Dutchman arrived at Portman Road from Worcester City in January after a successful trial with the under-23’s, and possesses real potential.
He is a commanding defender who adds real leadership to the back-line, and if he works hard, he will be called upon by Lambert.
Andoh could be a perfect long-term replacement for the ageing Luke Chambers.