Ipswich Town are set for a defining season in the Championship this season and current manager Mick McCarthy will be looking to build on the foundation of a solid defence.
The Tractor Boys finished in 7th place just one spot outside the play-off positions and even though it was generally seen as a positive season their fans will be concerned that they dropped down one position on the previous season.
One area McCarthy will undoubtedly want to improve on is at the back. Their defensive record was not appalling last season conceding 51 goals in their 46 league games. However, when that is compared to the likes of Middlesbrough who conceded just 31 goals and Burnley who let in just 35 goals then there is clearly room for improvement.
Goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski was awarded the Players’ Player of the Year award which shows how highly he is thought of within the club but what about the back-line in front of him?
Football League World writer Steve Day takes a look at which players would make the dream defensive line-up for Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town this coming season.