Ipswich Town have big hopes for the season ahead.
After a disappointing campaign last time out saw them finish the season in mid-table the hope for the Tractorboys was that this term would be an improvement.
Based on the first half the season things are looking promising.
Paul Lambert’s side go into the Christmas period in sixth position in the League One table which means that they’re firmly on track for a spot in the play-offs.
But they know fine well that their work isn’t done yet.
While Ipswich are within touching distance of the automatic promotion spots, they also know that you can throw blanket over all of the clubs in the top half of the table which means that there’s plenty still to do.
That’s why Lambert will be keen to fine tune his squad in the January transfer window.
Funds will be limited but there’s one key area that the club may look to address, and that’s the forward line.
Ipswich’s defence is comparable with the best sides in the league but in terms of their goalscoring record there’s a lot to be desired.
With a tally of 23 goals to their name, only eight sides in the division have a worse goalscoring record than the Tractorboys this term.
That simply isn’t good enough for a club who are serious about securing promotion to the Championship.
Gwion Edwards tops the club’s goalscoring chart with five goals so far, while Teddy Bishop and Jon Nolan have also contributed.
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However the tally for Ipswich’s strikers is less-than impressive.
Freddie Sears, Kayden Jackson and Oliver Hawkins have just one goal apiece, meaning that they’re really lacking in a proven goalscorer.
It remains to be seen whether the club can work something out to bring a striker to the club, but if not they need to work on this.
With credit to Lambert’s side, the goals scored tally is the only real weakness in their output this term, and if they can address that then there’s every chance that promotion could be on the cards.
But if they fail to rectify this flaw then they face a nervy second half of the season as the race for the top six continues.