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New Ipswich Town signing Keanan Bennetts can add dynamism to attack, says boss Paul Lambert




Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert hopes that Keanan Bennett will add something different to the Blues' attacking options, writes Mikey Hale.

The 21-year-old joined Town yesterday on a season-long loan deal from German Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.

“He was brought to our attention a few weeks ago, I think he’s gone under the radar because Gladbach are a Bundesliga club, a massive club," Lambert told the club's website.

New Ipswich Town signing Keanan Bennetts. Picture: ITFC (42534216)
New Ipswich Town signing Keanan Bennetts. Picture: ITFC (42534216)

“It’s difficult to break in because of the way the club is. It’s a Champions League team.

“From the bits I’ve seen, I think he might give us something dynamic. He’s quick and left-footed which is great. I’m looking forward to seeing how he does.

“Hopefully he comes in and helps the same way Mark McGuinness has. Hopefully he comes in and gives us something different. If he does, then it’s a win-win for everybody.”

Ipswich Town's managerial team of (from left) assistant Stuart Taylor, first team coach Matt Gill and manager Paul LambertPicture: ITFC (42177376)
Ipswich Town's managerial team of (from left) assistant Stuart Taylor, first team coach Matt Gill and manager Paul LambertPicture: ITFC (42177376)

Bennetts, who came through the youth setup at Tottenham Hotspur before making the move to Germany, operates predominantly as a wide forward or a striker.

“We felt in the wide areas we were a little bit short,” Paul continued.

“Young Jack [Lankester] coming back is a definite bonus but if I was to rely on Jack to play a lot of the games after the injury he had then I'd be foolish.

“Freddie [Sears], Gwion [Edwards] and Judgey [Alan Judge] are there but we definitely needed something different.”

Another exciting step

Keanan Bennetts said he is excited about 'the next chapter' after signing a loan deal at Town, writes Jacob Henderson.

The 21-year-old forward, who joins from Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga, penned a deal that will see him stay at Portman Road until the end of the 2020/21 season.

"The only way this team should be looking is up and I want to be involved," the forward, who is a product of the Tottenham Hotspur academy, told iFollow Ipswich.

"My journey has had its difficulties but also parts to be proud of, and this is another exciting step.

"I spoke to Paul via Zoom and we had a good chat. He wants me to express myself and show what I'm about. I'm looking forward to this chapter.

"I'd like to have played tomorrow (today v MK Dons) but that can't happen so I'd like to be involved as soon as possible. The team are going really well so I will have to work hard but most importantly I want to do a job here that benefits the team and sees us collect as many points as possible."

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