Former Ipswich Town midfielder David Norris has claimed that the club are lacking bite in midfield.
Despite an eventful summer transfer window that saw a significant overhaul of Paul Cook’s squad, and plenty of expectation going into the campaign, it has been a slow start to the season for the Tractor Boys.
Ipswich only picked up their first win of the campaign with a 1-0 league win over Lincoln City last time out, in what was their ninth game in all competitions.
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That run has left Ipswich 20th in the current League One standings, just one point clear of the relegation zone.
Now it seems that Norris believes that Ipswich will need a greater presence in the centre of the park this season, if they are to change that.
Speaking to Football Fan Cast about what he feels has been Ipswich’s problem so far this season, Norris said: “So I think they’re lacking a little bit of grit in midfield and I think it’s too easy at the minute for teams to score against them. They’ve been too frail.”
Next up for Ipswich is the visit of Sheffield Wednesday to Portman Road on Saturday afternoon.
It could be argued that Ipswich may soon have a ready made solution to this issue within their current squad, in the form of Sam Morsy.
The midfielder has yet to make a league appearance for the Tractor Boys since his deadline day move to Portman Road, due to suspension following a red card in his final game for Middlesbrough.
However, when Morsy does become available, he is someone who has shown on plenty of occasions that he will be more than capable of adding some fight to Ipswich’s midfield.
Indeed, Morsy shown he is a more than capable Championship player in that time, and captained Wigan to promotion to the second-tier under Cook in the past, so it would not feel like a huge surprise if he was to help solve this issue for the Tractor Boys once he becomes available.