James Norwood has been with Ipswich for two seasons now and despite a nine-goal haul for the club last season, boss Paul Cook has decided that now is the time to part ways with the player, as reported by the East Anglian Daily Times.
The attacker has been around the lower leagues of the EFL and the Conference for a few years and has proven over the time to be a proficient attacker at this level. With Tranmere and Forest Green Rovers for example, he regularly hit double figures in terms of his goal tally.
With playing time harder to come by with the Tractor Boys this year though – he’s played only twice so far this season – it appears that now is the time for the 31-year-old to part ways with his current club.
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But which teams would benefit from adding him to their ranks in the winter transfer window?
There are certainly a multitude of teams that could benefit from his addition upfront. For starters, Burton Albion are not blessed with a huge budget and if a deal could be arranged to allow Norwood to either join on the cheap or at least on a short-term deal, then it could benefit them hugely.
They often struggle to find the back of the net and despite being near the top six earlier on this campaign, they have now slipped down the table. His addition in attack could provide the Brewers with another type of outlet to supply upfront and it could get them back up near the top.
In League Two, there are even more sides that could benefit from him joining them. He regularly managed high goal tallies in the fourth tier in the past – so signing the striker could certainly kickstart a faltering attack. That being said, then perhaps it would be a good move for either one of Tranmere or Hartlepool.
It could be a welcome reunion between the player and his former side, with Norwood able to add more goals to a side that has scored only 11 all season in League Two so far this year.
As for Hartlepool, they are challenging at the right end of the table and if they want an extra boost to try and get them over the line come the end of the season, then Norwood could be the one to help them get it.
Whoever signs Norwood though will be getting a player well capable of scoring regularly – and he’ll be more determined than ever to prove he can still cut it at this level after being frozen out by Ipswich and Paul Cook.