Ipswich Town have endured a very difficult start to the League One season that has seen them pick up just one point from their opening three matches.
Paul Cook’s side have made a lot of changes to their squad during the summer transfer window. The level of quality of those arrivals has raised expectations both inside and outside the club that they should be challenging for promotion this term.
The Tractor Boys were always likely to take time to get into their rhythm this season after so many changes to their squad. That was something that was clearly on show after their surprise 2-1 defeat at Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night.
However, having only managed a draw from behind against Morecambe at home and then losing against Burton Albion and Cheltenham the pressure is on Cook to find a way of getting results whilst also bedding in new players.
Ipswich host MK Dons on Saturday needing to pick up all three points really to get things up and running for them and to do that they will have to improve in both boxes.
It will not be an easy task considering that MK Dons managed to pick up their first win against Charlton Athletic on Tuesday.
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So, with Ipswich feeling the early season pressure, we take a look at the starting XI Cook could turn to against MK Dons with some new signings making their first starts…
Cook is likely to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation that he has been trying to implement with his new signings at the start of the League One season.
It is going to take him time to figure out who the best players are for each of the positions in the side.
One certainty for the Tractor Boys should be that Václav Hladký remains in goal with the former Salford City stopper Cook’s first choice between the sticks this term.
He will be hoping that he can get better protection in front of him against MK Dons as he searches for his first clean sheet.
At right-back, Kane Vincent-Young was left on the bench against Cheltenham Town in midweek with Janoi Donacien starting in his place. However, Cook might consider reverting back to the defender against MK Dons.
Cook might want to stick with the pairing of Luke Woolfenden and Cameron Burgess at the heart of his defence and give the pair time to adapt to each other’s game. That comes after Burgess was handed his debut for the club during their defeat at Cheltenham.
Hayden Coulson could come into the side at left-back for his first start after his arrival from Middlesbrough, and although it would be harsh on Matt Penney after he scored against Cheltenham. It might therefore be time for Cook to introduce Coulson into the defence.
In the base of the midfield, both Lee Evans and Rekeem Harper are likely to keep their places for the time being, but they know that they are being pushed strongly for their place in the side by new signing Tom Carroll.
Scott Fraser struggled to make a major influence on the game from the right against Cheltenham, and that might leave some questioning whether that role is the best for his talent moving forwards.
However, Cook might want to give him another chance from the right-hand side to see what he can bring to the table.
Louie Barry could come back into the side in the number position for Macauley Bonne after he was rested against Cheltenham Town. The Aston Villa loanee with be someone that they need to provide a creative spark for them.
Kyle Edwards was the major bright spark for the Tractor Boys against Cheltenham and they will be hoping that he can maintain that kind of form against MK Dons on Saturday.
While upfront, Cook might keep with Joe Pigott but the forward will be under pressure to start scoring goals now as he beds into life at Portman Road.