Ipswich Town have collected five points in their last three league games with 22 points remaining, they are 11 points away from play-off spots.
Miles from where they want to be and where expectations were set for them at the start of the season, but the first signs from new manager Kieran McKenna have certainly been positive.
The limited availability that every EFL team is currently experiencing due to the spread of the coronavirus could see the Ipswich deep team paying dividends in the second half of the season, and they are preparing well for their trip to Gillingham, 23rd, Saturday.
McKenna provided an update on the team’s fitness and availability when speaking to Twtd.co.uk.
He said: “We have a few players back in training who are now recovering from illness and injury, so we have a very large squad available to train.
“I think Jon Nolan and (Hayden) Coulson are the only two missing at the moment, and other than that we’ve had a really big group practice and everyone is fighting and competing to make the game on Saturday. . “
It will be interesting to see if the Tractor Boys dive into the transfer market this month after strengthening their squad with 19 signings in the summer transfer window.
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The club hierarchy were ruthless in the sacking of Paul Cook, who appeared to have turned a corner after Ipswich struggled to get started early in the campaign. Given his track record, it looks like McKenna will get a bit more patience, with the understanding from above that promotion is highly unlikely this season.
There is usually at least one team that comes out of the chase pack to crash into the top six in the campaign’s closing trades and the team will believe that with the talent of the club they can put together a run to ruffle some feathers.
Jon Nolan hasn’t managed a single minute yet this term, but with James Norwood brought back from the cold by McKenna in the past month or so, every member of the squad will feel the opportunity to impress.