After a disappointing 2019/20 campaign, Ipswich Town will be feeling very positive about their start to the new season.
Paul Lambert’s men sit second in League One as we head into the international break, three points back from league leaders Peterborough United.
One of few negatives for the Tractorboys has been the injury to exciting young midfielder Flynn Downes, who managed just four appearances before a knee issue sidelined him for two months.
The 21-year-old could be back in December and, given the way the last transfer window ended, may face an eventful January.
It was reported back in September that the midfielder had handed in a transfer request and Crystal Palace saw multiple bids rejected in the summer but the south London club could return when the window reopens at the start of 2021.
A major positive from Ipswich’s perspective is that Downes’ current contract runs until 2022, with an option for a further year, meaning they’re in a strong position and don’t need to sell if they don’t want to.
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Speaking to TWTD in October, Lambert suggested that the club would be open to letting him leave should a strong offer come in from Palace or anybody else.
He said: “Flynn’s situation everybody knew about and it went the way it did, that went away. It might raise its head again in the next window, I don’t know, but that’s football.
“Nobody moving is great on that side of it. But if somebody comes in and offers really good money for any of the guys, I don’t think the club can stand in the way because of the way the financial situation is at the minute. But somebody’s got to come in and want to buy you, so we wait and see.”
The Eagles are understood to have tabled bids of £1.2 million and £1.6 million in the summer window, which Lambert feels is nowhere near his true value.
He explained: “The money wasn’t good, the money was nowhere near good enough so [owner] Marcus [Evans] was quite right, quite entitled to do what he wants.
Lambert added: “Flynn did great for us and if the club got an incredible offer, then I think the club would thank him for his efforts and he goes and tries to be what hopefully he’s going to turn out to be. This club can’t stand in a young kid’s way if the money’s really, really good.”
It seems the 21-year-old is for sale for the right price, which the Evening Standard suggested Town felt was £4 million in September, meaning his future could be decided in January if Palace are willing to stretch that far.