Paul Cook’s demolition of the Ipswich Town squad has been well underway for a while now, and he’s managing to recoup some transfer fees as he attempts to create a promotion-winning side.
Cook had released a number of senior players but it was made clear that most of the Tractor Boys players, whether they were young or old, were up for sale.
Not even last season’s regulars were safe, and when it came to long-serving 22-year-old Andre Dozzell the club have found an opportunity to bring in some extra transfer funds.
The 2020-21 campaign was Dozzell’s first real season of regular action, having struggled with injuries and just not being selected much following his breakthrough into the senior ranks as a teenager.
The midfielder played 43 times though in League One last season and his revival hasn’t gone unnoticed, with Queens Park Rangers of the Championship thought to have paid a £1 million fee to take him to London.
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Having been at the club since the age of 8, Dozzell holds strong ties to Portman Road and he’s left Ipswich fans a farewell message on Instagram as he gets ready to step up to the second tier with the Hoops.
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Whilst he was pretty much ever-present last season, the loss of Dozzell probably won’t hit that hard for Ipswich considering he didn’t bring much in the way of goal contributions.
It looks like he’s already been replaced as well, with Lee Evans coming into the fold from Wigan Athletic and the Tractor Boys pushing to sign Rekeem Harper from West Brom – the latter is probably Dozzell’s like-for-like.
It is a shame though that Dozzell never hit his full potential as an Ipswich player – he debuted at a really young age and considering he was capped at five different youth levels for England, he was destined for the top.
Whilst it hasn’t quite happened for him like that, Dozzell has a chance to prove himself at a higher level now – and Ipswich and Cook get some money to play with in the transfer window.