After a hugely disappointing season in the Championship, Paul Lambert will be looking forward to the summer as he looks to reshape his Ipswich Town squad.
The Tractor Boys endured a dismal campaign last time out, and the club will have learned a lot about what not to do in the summer transfer window after the Paul Hurst fiasco.
The former Shrewsbury Town manager let go of far too many experienced players last summer, bringing in players from League One and League Two that were yet to prove themselves in the second tier.
This season, they have a manager who knows League One like the back of his hands in Paul Lambert – the Scot won the league title with Ipswich’s bitter rivals Norwich City in 2010.
Grant Holt was Norwich’s star-man that year, scoring 24 league goals which spearheaded the Canaries into the Championship, and Lambert could well have the opportunity to sign a player who has been likened to his former star this time around.
That player is James Norwood from Tranmere Rovers, who has endured a quite simply remarkable campaign for the League Two side.
The 28-year old has scored a hugely impressive 32 goals for Tranmere in all competitions this season, helping his side reach the League Two play-off final.
Norwood, who has netted 92 times in 179 games since signing from Forest Green Rovers in 2015, is currently facing an uncertain future at Prenton Park.
Ipswich have recently been linked with Norwood’s signature on a free transfer, with the East Anglian Daily Times likening the powerful forward to their arch rivals’ former talisman.
After such a phenomenal season in front of goal this time around, Norwood has proved that he is more than capable of stepping up to a level or two next year.
The Tractor Boys are missing a player like Norwood up top – a player who is lethal in front of goal once in behind, but who is also up for a physical battle with whoever he comes up against.
This is a signing that Lambert must go all out to complete.