When Keanan Bennetts joined Borussia Monchengladbach back in 2018 from Tottenham Hotspur, you can pretty much guarantee that the young winger wouldn’t have thought that he’d be turning out for Ipswich Town at Portman Road some two years later.
Here, we take a detailed look at the youngster’s loan spell with the Portman Road club so far and discuss what issues he’s facing and what’s next for the former Tottenham man.
How’s it gone so far?
How the move came about in the first place is confusing in itself but how a club at League One level can attract such a talent really does give Ipswich boss Paul Lambert cause for some credit.
Since arriving in East Anglia, Bennetts has been afforded 12 appearances across all competitions for the Tractor Boys, with the former Borussia Dortmund player choosing to allocate the 21-year-old positions on both flanks so far this term.
However it must be noted that eight of the attacker’s league appearances have all come from the bench, suggesting that he hasn’t done quite enough yet to justify a starting spot for the play-off chasing Portman Road outfit.
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What issues does he face?
As well as he fits into the 4-3-3 system that the Tractor Boys have employed this term, his path is largely blocked by the form of Gwion Edwards, with the Welshman having racked up an impressive five goals and three assists in the league, essentially leaving Bennetts out in the cold under Lambert.
Breaking into the starting eleven at Ipswich should be viewed as an almost urgent priority for Bennetts, with this being his first real taste of men’s football since originally flying the nest from Spurs a couple of years ago.
Given that Monchengladbach saw enough potential in him to make a move, it must be said that the 21-year-old wideman has undoubted talent, but unless he shows it on a consistent basis during what is a developmental loan spell, the chances of him getting game time in the Bundesliga upon his return are looking very slim at the time of writing.
With a congested run of games to come over the December period, Bennetts will know that he needs to make every chance he is afforded count in order to impress his parent club.