Sheffield Wednesday’s Matt Penney is seemingly set to join Ipswich Town this summer, as per a recent report by the East Anglian Daily Times.
The 23-year-old’s current deal with the Owls is set to expire later this week and as a result he is seemingly set to depart his boyhood club for pastures new.
Here, we weigh up his potential move south to join the Tractor Boys.
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Is it a good potential move?
It is certainly a deal that makes a lot of sense for Ipswich as it will firstly provide them with a player who will add natural width to proceedings down the left hand side.
Whilst the versatile player, who can play left midfield and left back, is also set to join on a free, with a recent report even stating that Town won’t be required to pay any compensation to Wednesday upon the completion of the move.
Penney would also be joining a club which has serious promotion ambitions at a point in his career when he needs a fresh challenge.
This move would tick a lot of boxes for both parties.
Would he start?
Given that he has experience of playing at a higher level than Sky Bet League One, it would be fair to assume that Paul Cook views the 23-year-old as his first choice option at left back moving forwards.
That’s based on the assumption that Ipswich will start with four at the back, as a switch to a back five could theoretically see Penney start as an attacking wing back when required.
He is unlikely to leave Wednesday without the guarantee of first team football, so it would be fair to assume that there is a spot in the staring eleven with his name on.
What does he offer?
He is solid at defending in one on one situations and has the energy to get up and down the line to great effect.
Whilst not blessed with the best crossing ability, Penney also provides a good outlet in wide areas and will be a useful weapon for Town on the counter attack.
As mentioned previously, he also offers a great degree of versatility, meaning that he can fill in when injuries inevitably occur in midfield and defence.