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Ipswich Town F.C.
Member Name: cleo
Ipswich Town F.C.
Date: 27/10/01, updated on 27/10/01 (40 review reads)
Advantages: good passing football, great manager
Disadvantages: currently underacheiving
Forget Ruud and his saying, i think Ipswich Town are the new team who play sexy football. Well last season they did anyway. Coming 5th in the premiership after coming through via the play offs and not spending a huge amount of money the summer before, Ipswich acheived the unthinkable last season and qualified for Europe.
They haven't actually got any big named players, although they are big named now. Its just the team work around for each other and everyone gives 100% effort. You will very rarely see a scrapy Ipswich, as they are usually form flowing moves. Of course they are bound to score a few scrappy goals (like in the uefa cup 1st round), but then all football teams take goals as they come.
Manager George Burley has got the team very well organised.
Up front he has the talented marcus Stewart, a former Huddersfield player. Stewart bagged over twenty premiership goals last season, and should get almost that much this year. If he has a weakness it may well be his pace, but he makes up for that.
With him is usually Alun Armstrong, who was snatched from Middlesborough as he wasn't scoring there, however he has proved a good buy for Burley.
In midfiled Ipswich are strong. Matt Holland holds them together along with the experienced Jim magilton (former oxford). On the sides is either Martijn Reuser who is a talented two footed dutchmen, youngster jermaine wright, or crowd favourite jamie clapham.
Defence is sometomes a problem. Titus bramble is an extremely good prospect and is goood going forward, but he does have a tendancy to do the odd silly thing due to his inexperience. With him comes herman heriedason who also likes to adventure forwards. This is an advantage to Ipswichs attacking play but it can leave them short at the back if him and bramble attack together.
In goal new signing as a replacement to Richard Wright is the italian serini. he's made a reasonably good start to the season, but
only time will tell.
I dont think Ipswich will make it into Europe again this year with teams like newcastle and Villa back on the ball, but they should manage to get a mid-table finish by the end of the season even though they are struggling at the present moment.