After initially making a slow start to the 2021/22 campaign, the Tractor Boys have stepped up their performance levels in recent weeks.
Since suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Accrington Stanley earlier this month, Ipswich have managed to pick up victories in their clashes with Shrewsbury Town, Portsmouth and Fleetwood Town.
Currently on a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions, the Tractor Boys will be looking to send out a signal of intent to the rest of the division by securing a positive result in their showdown with league leaders Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.
Ipswich could move above the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Burton Albion and Milton Keynes Dons in the third-tier standings if they beat Ryan Lowe’s side this weekend.
Ahead of this particular clash, Goodman has admitted that he believes that the Tractor Boys will eventually secure promotion to the Championship if they stick by Cook.
Speaking on the latest episode of the Sky Sports EFL Podcast, Goodman said: “There is no question in my mind that Ipswich have got the right manager.
“In fact I’ll go as far as to say that if they stick with Paul Cook, he will get them promoted out of League One before the end of his contract.
“I’ve got absolutely no doubt about that and I know that’s a strong statement and I don’t usually make statements that strong but I’m absolutely convinced that he is the man, particularly at that level.”
When you consider that Cook previously achieved promotion from this division during his time in charge of Wigan Athletic in 2018, it is hardly a surprise that Goodman believes that the former Chesterfield boss is the right man to lead Ipswich forward.
The Tractor Boys have recently shown signs that they are starting to gel as a team following Cook’s decision to completely overhaul the club’s squad in the summer transfer window.
In order to have the best chance of securing promotion in 2022, Ipswich will be hoping that top-scorer Macauley Bonne is able to maintain his form as well as his fitness in the coming months.
Having already found the back of the net on 10 occasions in 13 league appearances, the 26-year-old will unquestionably fancy his chances of adding to his tally in the club’s clash with Plymouth this weekend.