The 2015/16 season was one of so close but yet so far for Ipswich Town, who were extremely close to a play-off placed finish.
After finishing just one place outside of those sought after play-off positions, in 7th, it must have been tough to take for Ipswich fans who would have backed the club to reach the play-offs.
It was Mick McCarthy’s third full season as manager of the Championship side and, despite late disappointment, the club would probably have been fairly content with the season’s finish – with just 5 points between them and the final play-off place, occupied by Sheffield Wednesday.
From that, the Tractor Boys will want to build on that seventh placed finish in a bid to push for the play-off positions in the 2016/17 season.
It is no doubt that their most impressive part of the team last season was their defensive stability, The back four proved a defiant force and many sides failed in an attempt to put multiple goals past them.
They conceded just 24 goals at their home, Portman Road, in 23 league matches. Just as impressively, McCarthy’s side let in a number of just 51 goals in a total of 46 league games.
And, for a league with such great competition, Ipswich will almost certainly be looking to replicate their defiant defensive displays of last season.
That in mind, Mick McCarthy must keep hold of certain key players who could prove vital to their 2016/17 season.
HERE are the FOUR players that could be crucial to Ipswich Town’s 2016/17 season……