Ipswich Town’s supporters are often found frustrated with their side and Mick McCarthy, with the Tractor Boys inconsistent in the Sky Bet Championship over the last couple of years.
In recent years, McCarthy’s side have challenged for promotion via the play-offs, but also suffered a number of disappointing campaigns, where they have rotted in mid-table.
Ultimately the general feel at Portman Road is that Ipswich lack the quality required to clinch a Premier League return, with McCarthy’s playing squad good, but not magnificent.
With that in mind, we take a look at what Ipswich’s biggest transfer regret of the last five years might be…
Brown came in on-loan from Man Utd, with the excitement that brings, but he hardly played.
He was then released by United and so the Tractor Boys were surely thinking about what could have been with the defender.
Murphy left for Newcastle United, but failed to make the grade in the North East and was shipped out to Nottingham Forest at the start of this season.
Still scoring goals and making a massive impact on his side, McCarthy will be disappointed he couldn’t convince the Irishman to stay when the Magpies came calling.
Signing Paul Taylor.
He cost £1.5m, which is a lot of money for Ipswich and was a disastrous signing.
Taylor made little impact at Portman Road and fell out of favour when Mick McCarthy was appointed.
After just 16 games in three seasons for the Tractor Boys, he was released on a free.
Letting Jack Marriott go.
The 23-year-old striker is an Ipswich Town academy graduate, but the Tractor Boys let him depart on a free transfer to Luton back in 2015.
The forward is now looking like the real deal for League One side Peterborough at present, and has notched a lot of goals.
You get the impression that Marriott has all the attributes to translate that League One form to higher divisions.
Ipswich may live to regret ever letting him go…