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Why struggling striker clearly highlights problems at Ipswich

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Even though there is a long way to go in the Championship, Ipswich Town already look as though they need a miracle to stay up.

Unfortunately for fans of the Tractor Boys, it’s looked that way for a long time now.

The pre-season optimism surrounding Paul Hurst and a new era of young, hungry players has completely disappeared, with the side now seven points from safety.

Looking back now, it seems like Hurst, who has since been sacked, wanted to change far too much, too soon.

And, his insistence on bringing players from the lower leagues into a competitive division like the Championship spectacularly backfired.

The most obvious example of this was the purchase of Kayden Jackson, as our graphic shows.

The 24-year-old came to Portman Road having fired Accrington Stanley to promotion in League Two and he looked a promising player.

Yet, three goals in 22 appearances proves that he couldn’t bring that form into the second-tier.

As well as that, his overall value to the team wasn’t great, with 0.8 shots on average per game and 0.9 aerial duels won on average, demonstrating how he failed to provide the side with a real presence up top.

His game time has been reduced under Paul Lambert and whilst he still has time to turn things around, he is the clearest example of why Ipswich are where they are right now.

He just simply isn’t good enough to make a big impact in a high-quality leage.

When sides get relegated there is often an inquest as to why they went down and a lot of blame on underperforming players.

Whilst key figures at Ipswich need questioning, the answers on the pitch are pretty clear – they just aren’t good enough.


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