The jury is still out on Will Keane’s impact at Ipswich Town, but has he done enough to warrant the reaction of some of the club’s fans when he signed for the club?
Things have not gone according to plan since the turn of 2020 for Paul Lambert’s side, having struggled to keep up with the promotion and play-off chasing sides in League One.
A number of underwhelming performances at Portman Road have seen a number of a player performances criticised, and Keane has been largely unimpressive when given the chance by Lambert.
— Ipswich Town FC (@IpswichTown) January 4, 2019
Having spent time with Hull City before his arrival to Ipswich, Keane initially arrived on a short term loan in January 2019 – but he failed to help the Tractor Boys remain in the Championship, suffering relegation to League One.
Signing on a permanent deal last summer, Keane has been in and out of Lambert’s starting eleven this season, making a total of 14 league starts and nine substitute appearances.
Appearing in 1263 minutes in League One, Keane’s goalscoring record is hardly impressive, netting three league goals this term, whilst the former Manchester United youngster has one assist.
Upon his initial arrival at the Suffolk based club, Keane was met with a varied response from Ipswich fans.
thought we needed a proven goal scorer
— Kiran Cannon (@coyb_11) January 4, 2019
— Gary (@garypblake) January 5, 2019
— Brad Butcher (@bradbutcher_) January 4, 2019
Those fans that cast doubt over Keane’s arrival and the impact he could have on the Ipswich squad were seemingly justified in their thoughts.
A striker by trade, Keane scored just once during a three-year spell with Hull and netted five goals prior to his spell at the KCOM stadium – spending time with Sheffield Wednesday, Queens Park Rangers, Wigan Athletic and Preston North End.
Below are just some more initial responses to Keane’s arrival back in January 2019….
— Tom Dixon (@Tom_Dixon99) January 4, 2019
My god. 😭😂
— Tom (@ThomasLewington) January 4, 2019
Welcome Will! Score those goals!
— Ole Bernt Krogstad (@BurtDirty) January 4, 2019
— Ad (@AHolty27) January 4, 2019