You’d be hard-pressed to find a better example of a new manager giving a player a clean slate than the one with James Norwood at Ipswich Town.
The forward, under Paul Cook, looked to be heading only one way and that was not in the direction of the first-team.
Out of the squad and linked with moves away to the likes of Portsmouth and Plymouth, it appeared as though his stay in Suffolk would be coming to an end this month but then things changed.
Cook was removed from the job towards the end of 2021, with John McGreal coming in as caretaker and beginning to reinstate Norwood, whilst Kieran McKenna’s arrival has put the striker right back in the thick of the action – and the forward is repaying him with goals.
Linking up with Ipswich’s top goalscorer for the season so far in Macauley Bonne at the top of the pitch, Norwood has hit the goal trail and now has three in his last three league games and it looks as though he is firmly back among the plans at Portman Road.
Certainly, it was no surprise to see clubs linked with the forward as when he’s fit and firing he’s still hugely capable at this level, and it also spoke volumes that some of the sides linked were promotion chasing, such as Argyle and Pompey.
It was a tough episode in Norwood’s Ipswich career at the start of this season, then, but that chapter appears to have ended and a far more positive one could be about to be embarked upon.