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After scoring against Birmingham, is Joe Garner the man to fire Ipswich up the table?

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New Ipswich signing Joe Garner scored on his debut against Birmingham on Saturday, marking a successful return to England’s second tier following his move from Rangers.

It was a trademark finish from the 29-year-old, converting Jonas Knudsen’s low cross past ‘keeper David Stockdale.

The former Preston and Nottingham Forest striker has impressed throughout pre season, scoring 4 goals in 4 games, and a debut goal will only help to increase his confidence in front of goal.

Garner struggled last season at Rangers, despite scoring 7 goals in 31 league appearances and a hat-trick in the Scottish Cup, but he was not afforded many starting opportunities by Mark Warburton and then Pedro Caixinha.

He scored 6 goals in 41 appearances for Preston in the 2015/16 season, and although he suited playing as a target man in what was generally a 1 striker formation used by manager Simon Grayson, North End’s strikers, Garner included, struggled to find the net.

His move to Portman Road should suit him, with Garner playing in a two-man partnership with Freddie Sears on Saturday.

It can be argued that the most successful period of Garner’s career came when playing in that role, his partnership with Jermaine Beckford a crucial part in helping Preston to gain promotion from League 1 in 2014/15, although he was successful playing the lone role when Beckford and other strikers were unavailable.

Warburton mainly utilised a 4-3-3 formation at Rangers, one which saw Garner isolated during some games.

If Garner can rekindle the form that won him the League 1 Player of the Season award in 2015, he will surely be successful in an Ipswich side that have lacked goals since the departure of Daryl Murphy at the beginning of last season.

What do you think Ipswich fans? Is Garner the man to fire your side up the table this season? Post your thoughts and opinions below…


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