Ipswich Town’s owners have been urged to get their money “in early in January” for Macauley Bonne after his impressive start to the season on loan from QPR.
The 26-year-old was one of 19 new signings added to Paul Cook’s squad in the summer and has quickly cemented his place as the first-choice striker – scoring 11 times in 15 appearances this term.
A boyhood fan of the club, Bonne was born in Ipswich and began his career in the Tractor Boys academy meaning there was an emotional side to his loan move from the Championship outfit.
The R’s do have the option of recalling the striker in January and manager Mark Warburton has refused to rule out doing so while one of his predecessors Ian Holloway has predicted the in-form forward will return to Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in the winter window.
That would be a massive blow to Ipswich’s hopes of promotion and, speaking on the Ipswich Town Fan Takeover Show, Henry Pheonix has called for the club to look to sign him permanently in January.
He said: “He’s living every Ipswich kid’s dream, scoring goals for your boyhood club.
“If the owners have got any sense, get your money in early in January for Bonne because those three in the centre of the team [Bonne, George Edmundson, and Sam Morsy] going forward for the next year, two years, three years, I think will be really, really good for Ipswich.”
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The 26-year-old’s contract is set to expire in June 2022 meaning if his parent club plan to cash in, January is likely to see his value highest.
Bonne joined the R’s from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2020 but struggled to make much of an impact in west London last term and now finds himself below Charlie Austin, Lyndon Dykes, Andre Gray, and Chris Willock in the pecking order.