Cameron Carter-Vickers should forget Ipswich and stay put at Swansea
According to TWTD, relegation-threatened Ipswich Town are interested in signing Cameron Carter-Vickers. The 20-year-old is on loan with Swansea City from Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. The Blues need to strengthen their squad in January if they are to avoid the drop to the League One.
Centre-back Cameron Carter-Vicker spent an impressive spell with the Blues during the second half of last season. The USA international, capped six times, made 17 starts for the Portman Road side, helping them to a 12th place finish.
Ipswich Town were keen on bringing him straight back in for another loan spell in last summer. The 6ft 1in defender eventually joined the relegated Welsh side on a season-long loan. However, the Southend-born Carter-Vickers has found his opportunities limited at the Liberty Stadium.
He has been named in the starting line-up just four times and has made four further appearances off the substitutes bench. He has a total of just 414 minutes of action to his name this season. As was the case with his spell at Sheffield United in the first half of last season, Tottenham may feel his development would be more fruitful by sending him elsewhere in January.
Cameron Carter-Vickers’ chances at Spurs have been more limited with manager Mauricio Pochettino favouring other options. The emergence of Juan Foyth as the London club’s big prospect at centre-back means Carter-Vickers may have to look elsewhere for opportunities.
Swansea are currently 12th on the log with 32 points. Graham Potter’s side is just six points off sixth-placed Sheffield United, who occupy the last promotion playoff spot. It is safe to say that the Swans are not completely out of the promotion picture just yet. In fact, Carter-Vickers could still help the Welsh side to the promotion playoffs.
However, his CV would receive a massive boost if he can help the Tractor Boys escape relegation. His development as a youngster is important if he is to establish himself in Spurs’ first-team squad. But that said, Carter-Vickers should stay put at the Liberty Stadium for the time being and fight for a starting berth.
Opinion – Ipswich Town must orchestrate a move to bring this 34-year-old veteran back to the club
Ipswich Town must make a move to sign Darren Bent for free
As per a report from the East Anglian Daily Times, 34-year-old striker Darren Bent, who is without a club, is open to joining Championship outfit Ipswich Town.
The former England international is a free agent after being released by Derby County in the summer. And speaking of the possibility of returning to Ipswich, where he spent seven years between 1998 and 2005, the striker said (h/t East Anglian Daily Times):
“There’s been no contact, but obviously it’s something I would be open to. It’s a club close to my heart. That’s where it all started for me, I had a lot of good days there and a great relationship with the fans.
“As I say, I’d definitely love to have a conversation with Ipswich. The team hasn’t got off to the best of starts and it would be nice to try and help out if they need another striker. I see that one area they have been struggling with has been scoring goals and that’s something I’ll always back myself to do.”
Bent is a graduate of the Ipswich academy and went on to make 141 appearances for the Tractor Boys, scoring 55 goals before leaving for Charlton Athletic in 2005. The striker was a prolific goalscorer in his prime and went on to score 106 goals in 277 Premier League matches, having turned out for the likes of Charlton, Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and Aston Villa.
The striker joined Derby in January 2015 from Villa, initially on loan, before moving to Pride Park on a permanent basis in the subsequent summer. He went on to make 86 appearances for the Rams, scoring 28 goals and setting up four more.
In January this year, the Englishman joined Burton Albion on loan for the rest of the 2017/18 season but failed to make an impact, scoring just two goals in 15 matches. Having returned to Derby at the end of the season, the club released him following the expiry of his contract.
Ipswich Town have endured a torrid start to the 2018/19 campaign and find themselves in the 23rd spot in the Championship standings, having collected just nine points from 12 games. Their tally of 11 goals this season is the third-lowest in the division.
The Tractor Boys recruited three strikers in the summer with Kayden Jackson arriving from Bristol Rovers while Ellis Harrison signed from Accrington Stanley, along with seasoned pro Jonathan Walters, who joined on loan from Premier League outfit Burnley.
However, they have failed to make the desired impact, with Jackson just scoring twice in 12 appearances, while Harrison and Walters are yet to open their accounts for the season and have picked up injuries, adding to manager Paul Hurst’s headache.
Given the situation that Ipswich find themselves in, bringing in a new striker is of paramount importance for the club. But things could get worse if they wait till the January window, given the injury issues at hand. And signing a free agent at the moment would be the ideal stop-gap option until they can invest in a new striker in the winter transfer window.
Bent may have been a prolific striker during his day but he is past his prime now, evidenced by the fact that he scored just two goals last season. However, given Ipswich’s urgent need for reinforcements, the 34-year-old might not be the worst option for the club to look at, at least until the transfer window is open for business in a couple of months’ time.
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