Ipswich Town will be needing to invest in the transfer market this month, to help Paul Lambert’s side get back on track following a recent dip in form in the league.
The Tractor Boys started the campaign in excellent form claiming ten wins from 15 League One matches, but following a 1-0 win at Rochdale at the start of November, Lambert’s side have gone eight matches in the league without a win to drop out of the automatic promotion places.
Ipswich are now being linked with a move for AFC Fylde striker Danny Rowe, with the forward having been placed on the transfer list by the National League club, who will be looking to secure a fee for the 30-year-old who is out of contract in the summer.
Here then, we take a look at TWO reasons why Ipswich should make the move for Rowe, and TWO reasons why they should be cautious…
Rowe’s goalscoring record
The most obvious reason why Ipswich should be interested in securing Rowe’s signature is the impressive form he has shown in front of goal on a consistent basis with Fylde, with the striker having netted 20 plus goals in each of the last five seasons for the non-league club.
That has seen the 30-year-old play an instrumental role in helping the club establish themselves in the National League over the last two campaigns, after earning promotion from National League North in the 2016/17 campaign, and suggests he could have the potential to step up to a higher level.
Rowe’s form over the last few seasons would mean he would head to Portman Road full of confidence and belief in his abilities to adapt to League One football, and given he is out of contract in the summer the Tractor Boys might be able to secure him relatively cheaply.
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Added support for James Norwood and Kayden Jackson
Ipswich have mainly relied on both Norwood and Jackson to score their goals and lead the line up front this season, and the pair have managed to score a combined 16 goals in League One so far this campaign, with Norwood firing in nine goals in 20 games and Jackson registering seven in 23 matches.
However, both players have not been scoring as prolifically in the last eight games as they were during the opening months of the campaign, and Ipswich’s main back up striker to Norwood and Jackson in Will Keane has only managed to score two league goals in 11 appearances.
That suggests that Lambert will be needing to find some extra fire power this month, if he is going to be able to get his side winning matches on a regular basis again and get them moving back in the right direction.
Rowe’s lack of football league experience
Despite Rowe’s impressive scoring record for Fylde he has yet to be tested above National League level, and although there have been past examples of strikers who have gone onto repeat their form from the non-league in the football league, it is still a gamble signing players from that level.
It would be a huge ask for Rowe to come in and adapt straight away to life in League One, and the Tractor Boys are in need of someone to come in and make an immediate impact for them, as they look to get their form back on track over the second half of the campaign.
So, Ipswich might be better off looking at other options who have more experience of scoring goals in League One, and signing Rowe might be too much of a gamble for Lambert’s side as they push for promotion.
Norwood and Jackson keeping him out of the side
Although Ipswich do need to potentially bring in some support for Norwood and Jackson, it would be a very difficult ask for Rowe to come in and take the place of one of the two strikers during the second half of the season, and the forward will not really be wanting to spend the rest of the campaign on the bench.
Rowe’s lack of experience in the football league means he would likely need regular minutes to adjust to life in League One, which is something the Ipswich might not be able to give him given the form of both Norwood and Jackson so far this season.