Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman has admitted that he believes Kieran McKenna has a huge job on his hands to transform Ipswich Town’s fortunes whilst he has also suggested that the club will need to strengthen their defensive options in the upcoming transfer window.
McKenna was drafted in as Paul Cook’s successor last week and will be looking to secure a positive result in his first game in charge of the club on Boxing Day.
Set to head to the MEMS Priestfield Stadium to face Gillingham, Ipswich will leapfrog Accrington Stanley in the League One standings if they better John Coleman’s side’s result this weekend.
Before being handed his marching orders by Ipswich last month, Cook opted to launch a complete overhaul of the club’s squad in the summer window.
As well as parting ways with a plethora of players, the 54-year-old also managed to draft in a host of fresh faces.
Whilst Ipswich are currently able to call upon the services of some classy operators, Goodman has revealed that he believes that McKenna will need to sign some new defenders next month as the club have conceded 34 goals in League One this season.
Speaking on the latest episode of the Sky Sports EFL Podcast about McKenna, Goodman said: “There’s no question that he has a big job on his hands but what an opportunity it is for Kieran and I wish him well in his quest.
“But he’s taking on a project and just by its very nature I interpret the word project as sort of two to five years really.
“But Paul Cook signed up for a project but after 20 games he was out so look, there are a lot of big clubs in this division, big clubs who are on good runs, playing well and winning games of football.
“Ipswich are a big club that aren’t doing that, they have won one of their last seven.
“There’s a ten-point gap to sixth-place Oxford and they need a winning run and I think if you look at their numbers, they score goals for fun and are up there with the best in the league but they have conceded 34 goals.
“You can’t have a promotion challenge on that.
“So I would imagine that would be one of the first places that Kieran looks at as they have to shore up that leaky defence really.”
Goodman’s comments regarding Ipswich’s defensive issues are spot-on as they will find it extremely difficult to launch a push for a play-off place if they continue to concede goals on a regular basis in the third-tier.
The Tractor Boys have only managed to prevent their opponents from scoring in four of their 23 league games which is a woeful return.
By drafting in some players who have a proven track-record of delivering the goods at this level, McKenna may be able to lead Ipswich into a new dawn in the coming months.
The arrival of some new defenders may also force the likes of Cameron Burgess, Kane Vincent-Young, Luke Woolfenden and Matt Penney to step up their performance levels during the second-half of the 2021/22 campaign.