Ipswich Town fell to a disappointing defeat against Charlton Athletic yesterday, with Paul Lambert’s men now sixth in the table.
Another defeat against a fellow promotion contender will be a major worry for the Tractor Boys, and it may suggest a lack of quality in the squad to compete against the better League One teams around.
That’s something that may be rectified in January, as we all know how crucial the mid-season window is to any team that wants to win promotion.
It’s no different at Ipswich and here we look at THREE mistakes the Suffolk outfit can’t make in New Year…
Not finding a natural goalscorer
There’s no prizes for guessing where Ipswich need to prioritise in January, they need a new striker.
No player has got more than five goals this season, which isn’t good enough, and even that’s a winger in Gwion Edwards. Whilst injuries have hindered Kayden Jackson and James Norwood, it’s clear they still need another attacker.
Leaving it late
Clubs always want to conclude their business early but it’s particularly important mid-season.
Ipswich will be playing crucial games in January, so not addressing issues could cost the team points. The recruitment team know what they need to do, so they need deals lined up quickly.
Losing any key players
A concern for most clubs in the third tier is that they could lose their best players, so it has to be a worry for Ipswich, particularly as a few have attracted attention in the past.
However, they can’t afford to lose key men in the New Year as it could seriously harm their promotion push. In the summer, it would be a different story but they need them to stay right now.