- EFL Championship : 5th
- FA Cup : 5th Round
- Carabao Cup : 3rd Round
Welcome to the latest blog post covering my time in charge of Ipswich Town. We have just completed our first season back in the Championship after winning promotion last season.
During the summer and armed with just £150.000 transfer budget I looked to strengthen the squad with a couple of free transfers with the first being 21 year old defender Brooklyn Lyons-Foster who can play in any position along the backine which will give us the cover required at the back. Another free transfer this time the experienced forward Jed Wallace who at 29 years old brings a valuable skill set to our squad. The two signings were the first signings that I had made at the club.
Four loan signings returned to their parent clubs Dominic Thompson who made a total of 38 appearances for us last season, Tyreeq Bakinson 46 appearances, Bersant Celina 42 appearances and Macauley Bonne 32 appearances. All in all the above 4 loan players contributed to over 30 goals in terms of assists and goals which is a big void to fill.
A number of players left the club after running their contracts down including Janoi Donacien, Sone Aluko, Kayden Jackson and James Norwood.
I made the decision not to bring any loan players in instead I promoted from within moving 7 players in to the first team squad from our U23 squad but also making them available to play in the U23’s to keep them game ready.
To say that we had a fantastic season would be an understatement finishing 5th in the League when our expectation was to fight against relegation.
At One point around the midway mark we actually led the table after beating our arch enemy and Champions Norwich City 2-0. New signing Jed Wallace finished the season with 13 goals and 12 assists proving a good asset to have at the club. Wallace played on both flanks during the season and even in the centre forward position.
Another player to have a good season was winger Kyle Edwards who finished the season with 17 goals and 10 assists making him our top scorer this season. Improving on his return last season of 8 goals and 6 assists in League 1.
Tom Carroll was again in scintillating form in the Town midfield leading the way with 26 assists this season and scoring 4 goals. That’s 50 assists in 2 seasons a fantastic contribution to our success.
The board wanted us to make the most of set pieces so I have worked on getting the ball in to the back post for George Edmundson to get on the end of and the result has been nothing short of fantastic with the big centre back netting 13 times this season bullying the opponents with his physical presence.
I am more than pleased with our performance this season especially as its our first back in the Championship and the expectation was to avoid relegation. Our biggest win was a 4-0 victory against AFC Bournemouth whilst our heaviest defeat was a 4-1 loss against Hull City. The playoffs was a step too far for us losing to Watford in the Semi Final but we have to be proud with what we have achieved with a squad that I have not spent any money on instead building a squad made up of youth and experience.
Next season we will again be working under a tight budget but with the current squad who with a season behind them can hopefully continue to impress. Thank you for reading and I hope that you will return to see how season 3 pans out.