Paul Cook has praised Macauley Bonne’s impact since returning to Ipswich Town and has hinted that a permanent deal for the Zimbabwe international could be a possibility.
Bonne played for Ipswich’s academy until the age of 14 before moving on to Norwich and then Colchester United, but made his way back to his hometown club earlier this season having joined on loan from Queens Park Rangers.
The 25-year-old failed to really fire for the Hoops in the Championship last season, scoring just three times in 34 appearances but a move back down to League One is proving to be really fruitful.
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Bonne’s record so far reads five goals in six outings, and even though on the whole the Tractor Boy’s results haven’t been too good, the striker is doing his best at the top end of the pitch to make things happen.
Town would obviously like to bring Bonne in on a full-time basis and Cook has dropped a slight hint with a ‘wait and see’ message that the club could try and make it happen – perhaps in January when the transfer window reopens.
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“Macauley, obviously as everyone knows, is such a big Ipswich Town fan and to be scoring those goals in front of your own supporters must have a value that no money brings,” Cook said, per TWTD.
“It must be something for his family and himself, it must be amazing.
“All I’d say is long may it continue and it will continue for as long as he’s here, and how long that is, we will wait and see.”
Bonne has a near-perfect scoring record so far this season and Paul Cook will want to try and get him tied down to a permanent deal as soon as he can.
That though will require a decent transfer fee and considering QPR paid what transfermarkt believe to be in the region of £2 million to Charlton last season, Mark Warburton’s side will surely be looking to recoup most of that.
Bonne has proven that he can do it in the second tier for the Addicks but for whatever reason, last season it just didn’t click for him at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, but he’s found his feet once again in familiar surroundings.
Ipswich spent a decent amount of money this summer and if their new American owners are serious about getting the club up into the Championship, converting Bonne’s loan into a long-term contract would be a statement of intent.