This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Ipswich Town are starting to put together a very strong summer transfer window with Paul Cook showing signs he is re-building smartly as he looks to get them promoted next term.
The latest report from the East Anglian Daily Times has revealed that the Tractor Boys are now closing in on a move for the versatile Matt Penney.
It is believed that the 23-year-old could arrive at Portman Road on a free transfer following his departure from Sheffield Wednesday.
Penney is a free agent this summer with the Owls allowing him leave the club at the end of his deal. The 23-year-old only managed to make 12 appearances for them last term as they were relegated from the Championship. However, he has gained experience out on loan in Germany with St Pauli.
With Ipswich closing in on Penney, we asked our FLW writers whether they feel it would be a good signing for the Tractor Boys…
Penney actually seemed to be a bright talent when Jos Luhukay gave him his chance in the Sheffield Wednesday side in 2018, but he’s struggled to make an impact at Hillsborough since and a change of scenery was probably the best option for him this summer.
He actually got some chances under caretaker boss Neil Thompson last season but he was on the bench more often than not, but I think a full season at League One level could do Penney the world of good.
I actually think that he was worth keeping around for Darren Moore but clearly he saw differently, but his loss could be Paul Cook’s gain.
Penney provides good versatility down the left side of the pitch – he’s more of a wing-back than a left-back with his attacking abilities far more instrumental than his defensive ones.
I think that if Cook has brought Penney in to be a left-back and not a winger then he may take a bit of time to settle and put in good, consistent performances, but the 23-year-old will be looking to prove a point anyway after being released by Wednesday and he may just surprise a few people.
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I really like the sound of this potential agreement.
Penney wasn’t given much of a chance whilst with Sheffield Wednesday, and I think they made a mistake in not trying to tie him down to a new deal sooner than when they did.
He’s a player that is good enough to be playing in the Championship in my eyes, and so it would be a strong signing for a team in League One.
It’s good to see Ipswich attempting to get their business done early into the summer transfer window, as it gives Paul Cook’s side a chance to work together over pre-season.
The Tractor Boys have to be taken seriously as promotion contenders if their summer business is anything to go by, and it’s a real statement of intent by Ipswich, as they go in search of a timely return to the Championship this term.
This could be a really smart move from Ipswich.
Though there were question marks over his work at Bristol City, Mark Ashton’s recruitment at Ipswich has been fantastic so far.
Signing Matt Penney would continue that. I was surprised he didn’t get more opportunities at Sheffield Wednesday last term and a fresh move could be just what he needs.
The 23-year-old will be hungry to show the Owls they were wrong to underappreciate him.
Cook needs a quality squad if he’s to help the Tractor Boys achieve promotion and the signing of Penney would certainly be strengthening his options.