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Ipswich Town have completed their eighth signing of the summer, with MK Dons midfielder Scott Fraser joining the club on a three-year deal.
The Tractor Boys have endured a busy start to the summer, as Paul Cook looks to bolster his squad and reshape it ahead of next season.
After recently securing the signing of Joe Pigott, Town have signalled another statement of intent by bringing in Fraser on a three-year deal.
Fraser scored 14 goals in 44 League One appearances last season, chipping in with six assists from central midfield.
Here, we discuss this latest arrival at Portman Road…
Ipswich continue to impress me with their smart approach to this transfer window, but with Paul Cook at the helm, I am not that surprised.
The fact that Championship clubs were interested makes this signing an even more impressive one. It shows that Ipswich are heading somewhere and the plan Cook has in place is worth following and believing in.
Fraser was involved in 20 goal contributions last season and has been a consistent performer in the third-tier for some years. He has the ability to operate as a box-to-box midfielder or as a number 10 which should boost The Tractor Boys this season.
He now joins a side who are currently in the process of a massive rebuild, and as a result, he has as much of an opportunity as any to start. It is now about knuckling down and putting in the graft to force Cook into including him in the starting line-up come early August.
This could potentially be one of – if not the signing of the season at League One level.
It’s clear that Paul Cook is being backed by Ipswich’s new American owners and judging by the lack of creativity showed by his side towards the end of last season, a complete overhaul going forward was needed.
Cook tends to play with a 4-2-3-1 formation, so a new ‘number 10’ was definitely needed and it looked like Matt Crooks would be that man to bring the goals from that particular position.
But in my eyes Ipswich have got the better player in Fraser here – he scored 14 times for MK Dons last season and added six assists to that as well so surrounded by the likes of Joe Pigott, Wes Burns and the other attacking outlets that arrive at Portman Road he should be finding the back of the net with regularity once again.
Of course no-one is guaranteed to be a starter at any club in League One as inconsistency can hit any player at that level, however I can’t see anyone troubling Fraser for his place this season.
I really like the look of this move, to be honest, and I think it’s another example of Ipswich Town really making a statement this summer as to their intentions for next season.
I was lucky enough to see Fraser play in the flesh a few times last year and I was impressed on every occasion, he really is a top player at League One level one I thought might attract interest from the Championship and potentially get a move to the second tier for next year.
He’s remaining in the third tier for now, though, and I expect him to be a leading light as Ipswich challenge at the sharp end of the League One standings in the coming campaign.
Right now, I think there are few better sides placed to be going for the top two than the Tractor Boys.