Ipswich Town could be about to face an uphill battle in the upcoming transfer window to keep hold of one of their most exciting young talents.
According to TWTD, Fulham are reportedly keeping tabs on Flynn Downes ahead of a potential swoop.
The Cottagers’ chief scout and assistant direct of football operations Briant Talbot was spotted watching the midfielder at Portman Road last month when the Tractor Boys were held to a draw in the FA Cup by Lincoln City.
Downes, who is a product of Ipswich’s youth academy, has featured on 13 occasions in League One during the current campaign in which he has provided two direct goal contributions.
Providing that Fulham do indeed decide to bolster their squad by signing the 20-year-old, it could have a knock-on effect on the Tractor Boys’ other players.
Keeping this in mind, we have selected ONE winner and ONE loser at Ipswich if Downes leaves the club in January.
Check them out below…
Winner: Andre Dozzell
Having illustrated some real signs of promise for Ipswich during the latter stages of the previous campaign, Andre Dozzell would have been wanting to make a real impact in the third-tier this season.
However, due to the form illustrated by the likes of Downes, Jon Nolan and Cole Skuse, the England Under-20 international has been limited to just five league appearances.
If Downes does leave the club in the not too distant future, Dozzell could be drafted in by Ipswich manager Paul Lambert to fill the void left by the midfielder.
Providing that Dozzell can step up to the mark for the Tractor Boys, he may emerge as a key player at Portman Road.
Loser: Cole Skuse
A mainstay in Ipswich’s starting eleven this season, Skuse has experienced somewhat of a renaissance in League One under the guidance of Lambert.
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Used predominately as a central midfielder, the 33-year-old has developed a fruitful partnership with Downes which in turn has played a major role in the Tractor Boys’ success in recent months.
If his midfield partner moves on to pastures new, there is no guarantee that Skuse will be able to deliver the goods on a consistent basis during the second-half of 2019/20 campaign.
Therefore, Lambert may have to sign a replacement for Downes in January who will compliment Skuse’s style of play.