Ipswich Town's hectic summer of transfer activity means there are no longer any excuses
On May 10 the club’s attacking options consisted of Aaron Drinan, Ollie Hawkins, Kayden Jackson, James Norwood and Gwion Edwards.
The mood as I hosted the Talking Town fans’ show that Monday evening was somewhat downbeat following ‘demolition man’s’ seemingly kind player retention day.
Fast forward 115 days, however, and it becomes clear just how incredible a transfer window CEO Mark Ashton and manager Paul Cook have had.
While the team are yet to record a single win this season it can’t be argued the transformation that the squad has undertaken has been breathtaking.
Our attacking options are now the envy of every single League One club with wingers Kyle Edwards and Wes Burns being joined this week by a returning wizard in Bersant Celina.
He is a player whose pace, directness and ability on the ball will be keeping full-backs up every night of the week.
Last season’s number 10, Alan Judge, wasn’t given a contract extension. A decision at the time which caused some to rejoice and some to question why not.
But we now possess arguably League One’s best two number 10s, in Scott Fraser and Conor Chaplin.
Our strikers, while still having Jackson and Norwood among the ranks, now consist of such exciting talent the two aforementioned players are now performing the Ollie Hawkins and Aaron Drinan role within the squad as third and fourth choices.
We now have exciting, pacey McAuley Bonne and a player who has scored goals at this level in Joe Piggot.
And this is all without mentioned that arguably the best may have been saved for last in defensive midfielder Sam Morsy.
There’s no doubting the arsenal has been upgraded and ‘HMS Win The League’ now resembles more of a warship than the previous little rowing boat. There will be no excuses now.