Ipswich have had another steady season under Mick McCarthy, but pressure is starting to build on the former Wolves boss from Town fans, as they don’t see any progression.
Ipswich finished 16th this season on 55 points, only four above the drop zone, which is worrying for the Tractor Boys, given the fact that they were in the Play-Offs only two seasons ago.
McCarthy hasn’t changed much in that time in the way Ipswich play, or the personnel on the pitch, as the finances he has at his disposal are one of the lowest in the leagues, meaning most of his signings are loans or free transfers.
That said, you would have to say that Ipswich’s position is about right, with near enough every team in the league having more financial backing, you could argue they are punching above their weight.
One of Ipswich’s biggest problems has been scoring goals.
They have been reliant on on-loan star, Tom Lawrence, throughout the season, but now he has returned to Leicester, where will their goals come from?
McCarthy should look to Burnley’s Dan Agyei.
The youngster enjoyed a successful loan spell at Coventry in the first half of the season and he had options to head out on loan in the Championship during the second half, but Sean Dyche opted to keep him.
Agyei has featured three times for Burnley, but his longest spell on the pitch was 15 minutes, which isn’t enough football for a youngster to flourish.
Ipswich have been quite blunt in attack, and Agyei could well be the answer to their problems.
The former Wimbledon youngster is a big, powerful unit upfront and his ability to hold the ball up is very good, but he also has a turn of pace, something you don’t normally get from a big man.
It is no secret that McCarthy likes to play a direct style of play, so having Agyei’s presence up front would be a huge boost for the Tractor Boys.
Not just that though, he has much more to his game, as he can also play with the ball at his feet and with a run of games, he would score goals for Ipswich.