Paul Hurst has endured a tough start to life in the Championship, with his Ipswich Town side still desperately searching for their first win.
He’s implementing a very different philosophy at Portman Road to what has gone before, drafting in young and ambitious players from the EFL to do a job in the second-tier. They are very much like himself, eager to prove their worth on the biggest stage they’ve been asked to perform on.
Toto Nsiala and Jon Nolan both followed the manager from Shrewsbury, but he also raided Accrington Stanley for Kayden Jackson, a player who spent last season in League Two.
His side won the division and his performances prompted Hurst to buy the 24-year-old. After a challenging start, he got off the mark in the Championship last night, which has made him the subject of FLW’s Spotlight piece.
Jackson played all 90 minutes against Brentford, who are amongst the favourites for promotion to the Premier League. Whilst all eyes were on Neal Maupay and his partner Ollie Watkins, it was Jackson who managed to introduce himself to Ipswich fans with his first Championship strike.
Ipswich lost 2-0 to Hull at the weekend and failed to create decent chances, with Jackson coming on with just 18 minutes remaining. Last night, he got four shots off on his own in an all-action display that will have maybe began to endear him to his new club.
He wasn’t outstanding, he managed to win an aerial duel and he gave away four fouls with a robust outing, but Ipswich need fighters and Jackson at least looked willing to put himself on the line last night.
His passing wasn’t great, of the 10 passes he made only 50% were successful, but he’s a young man still feeling his way into the Championship.
His previous experiences have come with the likes of Tamworth and Wrexham, but he’s now just one level below the Premier League and his 73rd minute strike gave home fans hope that they might be capable of remaining in the second-tier next season.