Ipswich Town have started the season exactly as they would have wanted and expected to.
They currently sit top of League One with 21 points from 9 games so far, picking up important wins along the way such as beating Burton Albion away from home opening day and seeing off lesser sides such as Shrewsbury and Gillingham.
Ipswich will want an immediate bounce back to the Championship after their woeful season last time out and they will need to keep important players fit and on form to achieve promotion.
Here we take a look at the three players most important to Ipswich Town…
James Norwood was a summer signing from League One rivals Tranmere, who achieved promotion to the division last season after beating Newport in the play-off final.
Norwood has scored 5 goals in 9 games for his new club so far this season and as well as his goals he is a nuisance for defenders, his presence and hold up play help to get Ipswich up the pitch when needs be and he is an all-round threat.
As well as his goals, Norwood has provided one assist so far this season as well as creating two big chances for his teammates this season as well as average 0.8 key passes per game. Norwood has been well amongst the goals and Ipswich will need him to carry on this sort of form as they would much rather go up in the top two, rather than having to deal with the play-offs like Sunderland did last season, who ultimately got beat in the final.
Another Ipswich player who has been well amongst the goals is Kayden Jackson who was signed at the start of the 18/19 season.
Jackson has scored 4 goals in 9 games so far this season for Ipswich along with 2 assists. Jackson’s pace and directness is a lot to handle for defenders and he offers a different type of threat than James Norwood with Jackson enjoying getting in behind the defenders and using his pace to full effect.
Jackson has also provided 1 big chance for his team this season along with averaging 1.0 key passes per game so far.
Young full-back Kane Vincent-Young was signed this summer from Colchester United, the quick and nippy full-back has been a standout in the Ipswich team since he came in.
He has played in five games so far this season and has kept five clean sheets, he averages 1.6 clearances per game and 1.8 interceptions per game, he has also grabbed himself a goal already. The young full-back has an impressive 87% pass completion so far this season and also provides 1.0 key passes per game on average.
As well as his passing, he has completed 78% of his dribbles making him a threat at the other end of the pitch. Ipswich may find it hard to keep hold of a talent such as Vincent-Young past January if Championship clubs come knocking.