Ipswich Town take on Gillingham this evening in the EFL Trophy and are expected to make a number of changes, as reported by the East Anglian Daily Times.
The Tractorboys won their opening fixture against Tottenham Under-21s and a victory tonight would assure them a place in the next round of the competition.
With Paul Lambert’s side currently top of League One and in a strong position, the manager is set to make a number of changes to give his fringe players a chance to impress. It will also give tired first team players such as Kayden Jackson a chance to recuperate, with a blank weekend coming up courtesy of the international break.
Will Keane, a late summer signing, is set to start the encounter and be given a chance to show what he can do. Another player hoping to be given a chance is former Shrewsbury man Toto Nsiala, who has found his game time limited under the new manager.
Emyr Huws, still on the comeback trail after his horror injury, is also widely tipped to play in the fixture, which promises to be a fiery encounter thanks to the respective managers clashing during the league game 18 days ago.
When you look at the players likely to feature tonight, it’s a strong side that Ipswich can put out. James Wilson has rarely played outside of League One, whilst Huws and Keane are both Championship quality players on their day.
Even the young players like Dobra would likely feature in the first team squads of most other League One sides. Although the manager will focus on getting the best out of his reserve side, all eyes will be on the dugouts.
Lambert and Steve Evans are embroiled in a feud that lifts this above the usual low-key atmosphere of the EFL Trophy.