It’s been a far from ideal season so far for Ipswich Town and it is possible that it could end in the worst way imaginable.
Paul Lambert has come in and though he has brought some positivity along with him, results are still far from turning and a lot of work needs to be done.
One shining light amongst the gloom, though, is the emergence of youngster Jack Lankester with him providing some genuine highlights during his campaign at Portman Road.
Gradually working his way into the side earlier this year, he might be injured right now but he certainly has enough about him to get back into the first-team once back fit.
A clever attacking player that’s direct in nature, Lankester offers genuine threat in a team that has been shot-shy after the losses of Martyn Waghorn and David McGoldrick last summer.
He himself hasn’t scored many this season, but that’s far from a damning indictment of his performances – and it’s also not his primary role.
He plays out wide, and offers real thrust. It’s too early to say he’s like Tom Lawrence from his days at Portman Road, but you can certainly see similar traits, and off the field, he portrays a down-to-earth figure eager to learn.
He is a powerful runner that can brush past players, and he loves to coax finishes in with his left-foot after coming in from the right – a fine asset for any team.
Without doubt, he’s somewhat been thrown into the fire this season with the struggles Town have had, but he’s surrounded by good pros and a manager that clearly believes in him, there shouldn’t be that negative an impact on him regardless of the conclusion in May.