This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Ipswich Town are interested in signing striker Danny Rowe from non-league side AFC Fylde this month, according the East Anglian Daily Times.
The 29-year-old is regarded as one of the most prolific strikers outside of the Football League, having scored 182 goals in 182 goals 281 games for AFC Fylde.
He was also the top scorer in the National League last season, finding the back of the net on 27 occasions. He’s is out-of-contract at AFC Fylde at the end of the season, though, and has made it clear that he wants to leave the club.
The forward has been placed on the transfer list this month and his potential availability for a bargain fee has alerted a number of clubs.
Ipswich are believed to be keeping close tabs on the striker ahead of a possible January move, with manager Paul Lambert looking to boost his attacking options as the team target an immediate return to the Championship.
So, would Rowe be a good signing for the Tractor Boys? We discuss…
“I’m not sure he is an upgrade on what they have to be honest.
“There’s no doubt that Rowe deserves a move to the Football League because he has been too good in non-league football over the past few years but the step up to a club that hope to be in the Championship in six months is a big one.
“The striker is nearly 30, so he isn’t a long-term option for the Tractor Boys either. Despite that, the only positive is his contract situation means he could be picked up for a bargain fee.
“So, whilst I have doubts as to how he will do, it’s a risk that may be worth taking, although Rowe will have plenty of offers and may prefer a club that could definitely offer him minutes.”
“I’m not convinced this would be the best move for Ipswich.
“Ironically, they do already have one striker who has already taken this route before, and is now performing rather well for them, in the form of James Norwood, although I can’t see Rowe having the same success.
“While Norwood gradually made the step up through the leagues with Tranmere, allowing time to adapt more gradually, Rowe would be making a more direct jump, thus making the immediate change in the quality and expectation there would be on him, much more significant.
“Furthermore, the goals do seem to have dried up for Rowe recently – he has netted just six in the league this season – as Fylde have dropped towards the bottom of the National League, which makes you wonder whether he would be capable of making the step now, and indeed, whether his time has come and gone.”
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