Ipswich Town will be hoping to kick-start their 2021/22 campaign by delivering a promising display in the EFL Trophy tomorrow against West Ham United’s Under-21 side.
A woeful start to the current term by the Tractor Boys has resulted in them failing to win any of their opening six league games.
Despite taking the lead in last Saturday’s clash with Bolton Wanderers, Ipswich were unable to prevent their opponents from running riot at Portman Road as they suffered a 5-2 defeat in-front of their own supporters.
Whilst it was always going to take some time for the club’s plethora of signings to gel, the Tractor Boys’ performances in recent weeks have been relatively concerning.
Ipswich opted to bolster their squad on deadline day last month by swooping for Sam Morsy as they signed the Egyptian from Championship outfit Middlesbrough.
After watching on from the sidelines at the weekend, the midfielder is now set to make his bow for his new club.
Making reference to Morsy, Cook has admitted that he will feature for Ipswich in their meeting with West Ham’s Under-21 side.
Speaking in the pre-match press conference (as cited by the club’s official website) about whether the midfielder will be starting, Cook said: “Yes, 100%.
“The team is already picked, and it’s a very strong team.
“The most important thing is that we have a strong squad of lads that need minutes.”
Cook later added: “Saturday won’t affect my team selection.
“We haven’t won this season, we know we have to get a win to get up and running for our supporters.
“Whatever competition we play in, winning is a habit – and it’s a habit we haven’t got at the minute – so Tuesday night becomes a really important game.”
Whilst it may take Morsy some time to adjust to life at Ipswich, there is no reason why he cannot eventually become a crucial player for the club.
A combative midfielder, the 30-year-old made 1.5 tackles per game last season for Middlesbrough whilst he also made 1.1 interceptions per match as he recorded a respectable average WhoScored match rating of 6.71 in the Championship.
By dropping down a level, Morsy may fancy his chances of taking the third-tier by storm in the coming months.
If he can produce an impressive display on his debut, the midfielder could be in line to make his first league appearance for Ipswich in their upcoming meeting with Lincoln City.