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This 27-year-old hotshot could turn out to be a very shrewd signing by Ipswich

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Ipswich Town began their 2017/18 Championship campaign with a 1-0 win over Birmingham City on Saturday.

Mick McCarthy’s men laboured to a 16th place in the second tier last term, eventually finishing just four points clear of the bottom three after winning just 13 of their 46 matches.

Yet the Tractor Boys got the new season off to the perfect start with victory over Harry Redknapp’s Blues, with new man Joe Garner grabbing what turned out to be the winner five minutes into the second half by firing home from Jonas Knudsen’s cross.

And it turned out to be enough to secure the win for the Suffolk-based club, and there has been further good news at Portman Road on Monday as they have confirmed the signing of Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn on a two-year deal.

The 27-year-old moved to Ibrox back in 2015 after stints at Wigan Athletic and Leicester City, and went on to net 44 times in just 78 games for the Scottish giants, including 16 in 41 matches last time round.

Yet he will continue his playing career at McCarthy’s Ipswich, in what could turn out to be a very shrewd addition at the Tractor Boys.

And that’s because Waghorn has a decent record in the second tier of English football, and his fine efforts last term for Rangers should give him the confidence to help a side that managed just 48 goals in the Championship last season.

Leicester loanee Tom Lawrence was the only Ipswich player to make it into double figures last term, while the striking options of David McGoldrick, Freddie Sears, Leon Best, Luek Varney, and Brett Pitman managed just 19 goals between them in all competitions.

Yet with former teammate Garner also having made the move south of the border, in Waghorn they have secured a striker who has scored 33 goals and laid on 21 assists in 167 games at Championship level and, more importantly, the 27-year-old hotshot is coming off the back of a fine season for the Scottish giants.

Ultimately, to be successful in the second tier, you need options all over the pitch, and in Waghorn they have that needed option, given the likes of McGoldrick and Sears remain at the club, and Garner of course got the winning goal at the weekend against Birmingham.

McCarthy now has reliable and accomplished options across his frontline, so you’d expect the Tractor Boys to manage more than the 48 goals they bagged last term, and thus climb the table this time round.


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