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.
Middlesbrough raiding Ipswich Town for this 26-year-old star would be a solid move and here’s why
Middlesbrough Opinion: Boro should try and win the race for Jonas Knudsen
According to the East Anglian Daily Times, Middlesbrough have rekindled their interest in Ipswich Town’s out-of-contract Danish international left-back Jonas Knudsen, with a view to a potential transfer in the summer.
East Anglian Daily Times also understands that Bundesliga outfits Freiburg and Fortuna Dusseldorf, as well as 13-time Danish champions FC Copenhagen, are also interested in getting the 26-year-old on board when his contract at Portman Road expires in a month’s time.
Knudsen featured sporadically for the Tractor Boys in the second half of this past season after making it clear to manager Paul Lambert that he wasn’t going to sign a new contract.
The Dane was one of the shining lights of Ipswich’s rather disappointing campaign in the Championship this season, as Lambert’s side finished rock-bottom in the standings and got relegated to the third-tier.
Signed from Danish club Esbjerg back in 2015, Knudsen spent four seasons at Portman Road and made a total of 155 appearances in all competitions, scoring on 4 occasions and setting up another 9 in the process.
A regular for Denmark at all youth levels upto U-21, Knudsen has also accumulated 6 senior international caps under his belt and was a part of the squad that took part at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia last summer.
Middlesbrough are yet to appoint a new full-time manager since the dismissal of Tony Pulis but the club’s links with Jonas Knudsen is a clear indication of the fact that Boro are keen to make a strong statement in the summer.
The Teessiders might be under pressure to cut down their costs and balance the books after failing to challenge for promotion this term but bringing in a few high-profile free-agents should not do them much harm.
Knudsen, though not a household name in Europe, has quite a good profile for a player of his age. The 26-year-old played more than 150 games for Esbjerg and featured in the Europa League prior to his arrival at Portman Road four years back and the Dane has proven himself to be one of the most reliable in his position in the Championship over the years.
To put things into perspective, Middlesbrough need to invest in their left-back options this summer to ensure that they have the perfect balance in their squad heading into the upcoming campaign. Boro are likely to lose one of their most versatile left-sided players in Stewart Downing at the end of June and his departure would certainly call for some reinforcements.
George Friend featured regularly in that left-back or left-wing back role under Tony Pulis this past season, while George Saville also filled in the void occasionally.
Sam McQueen, who was on loan from Southampton this term, provided much-needed cover and back-up but he is likely to depart the club in a month’s time and Boro would need to find a permanent solution to their left-back conundrum.
Jonas Knudsen has a bagful of experience at the Championship level and Boro have every reason to look at the Dane as a potential long-term fix.
Still only 26, he is just entering his prime years as a left-back and one would expect him to get better with time, meaning that Knudsen could go on to establish himself as a useful player at the Riverside Stadium in the years to come.
Noted for his long throw-ins, Knudsen is also a very good reader of the game and boasts of above-average aerial prowess for a full-back.
A fast, agile and hardworking presence down the left-hand side of the pitch, the Dane is not only adept at cutting out attacks with crucial tackles and interceptions but he is also equally adept at creating chances with his immaculate crossing.
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Middlesbrough need to look at players who can offer good value for money in the market and Jonas Knudsen certainly falls within that bracket.
It is a no-brainer that they would do themselves a world of good by luring the 26-year-old to the Riverside Stadium this summer, although Boro would need to fend off interest from more established European clubs if they are really serious about getting their hands on the coveted left-back.
Tyler Roberts to start ahead of Jack Harrison? – Predicted 4-1-4-1 Leeds United XI to face Ipswich
Predicted Leeds United XI to face Ipswich Town in the Championship
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are not in the race for automatic promotion any longer but the Whites have already guaranteed themselves a playoff spot and they will be looking to end the season on a winning note when they make the trip to Portman Road to face Ipswich Town on Sunday.
Ipswich have nothing but pride to play for, with the Tractor Boys set for a season in League One next term following their relegation from the Championship.
Marcelo Bielsa has no significant injury concerns heading into the final game of the season against Ipswich Town on Sunday.
Manager: Marcelo Bielsa
1. Kiko Casilla (GK)
The Spaniard made some good saves against Villa last week and he will be expected to continue as the No.1 between the sticks on Sunday.
2. Gaetano Berardi (LB)
Stuart Dallas got beaten way too easily on a number of occasions last week against Villa and the Swiss international did a better job after coming off the bench.
3. Luke Ayling (RB)
He put up an assured display at the back in his previous outing and has always been a reliable presence at the back for the Whites.
4. Pontus Jansson (CB)
The Swedish international returned to form following lean patch at the heart of the defence over the Easter Period and Leeds will need him to keep up his good work.
5. Liam Cooper (CB)
He has been one of the standout figures at the back for Bielsa and there is no reason why he should be benched for this one.
6. Kalvin Phillips (CDM)
The Englishman did a good job in a holding midfield role last week and his presence will once again be crucial for Leeds on Sunday.
7. Pablo Hernandez (RW)
The veteran hasn’t been at his best in recent weeks and Leeds will need him to return to form in the final game heading into the playoffs.
8. Tyler Roberts (LW)
The youngster impressed with his energy and crossing from the flanks after coming on in place of Jack Harrison against Villa and Bielsa should allow him to continue in that role.
9. Adam Forshaw (CM)
He did reasonably well playing in that No.8 role in the midfield last week and Bielsa should hand him another opportunity in that position to see if he is really capable of playing there.
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10. Mateusz Klich (CAM)
The Pole got himself a goal playing in a No.10 role behind Bamford and he is likely to continue there on Sunday.
11. Patrick Bamford (ST)
He didn’t manage to make much of an impact against Villa and Leeds will need him to gather some confidence heading into the playoffs.
“Best set of fans”, “Happy for Chrissy Wilder”: Some Sheffield United fans react to 2-0 win vs Ipswich + Player Ratings
Sheffield United vs Ipswich Ratings: Sheffield Player Ratings + Reaction
Sheffield United have effectively clinched promotion back to the Premier League with the chances of a slip-up at this stage looking quite thin. Already 6 points clear of 3rd place Leeds United, the Blades will be hoping that Aston Villa can continue their win-stream when they travel to Elland Road on Sunday.
Sheffield were comfortable 2-0 winners over Ipswich Town on the night and a couple of decent goals added to the atmosphere in the stadium. Having laid witness to multiple bursts of noise around the stadium, United did well to keep their mental states in check and come through what was touted be a tricky fixture with a positive result.
Here are the Sheffield United Player Ratings:
Dean Henderson 7
Did well to keep Ipswich off the scoresheet and was extremely composed with his kicking as well.
George Baldock 8
The full-back was unstoppable on the night as he just never seemed to tire out. His powerful running was a big asset.
Chris Basham 8
Did well in the left-sided centre-half role and proved his ability to carry the ball forward from defence.
John Egan 8
Yet another awe-inspiring display for the Blades defensive commander who has been supremely consistent this term.
Jack O’Connell 9
Easily the man of the match on the night, the centre-back notched up a goal and an assist in the win.
Ollie Norwood 8
Did well to apply pressure on the Ipswich men in midfield and almost set up the striker for another goal.
John Fleck 8
A dogged and adamant display from the tireless midfielder who seemed to launch a multitude of Blades attacks.
Enda Stevens 8
His crosses from the flanks have been unbelievable and it’s a huge surprise that he didn’t get himself an assist tonight.
Mark Duffy 8
Was taken off around 5 minutes before the final whistle and got himself a well-deserved standing ovation.
David McGoldrick 8
The Blades have been crying out for a proper striker and they’ve definitely found the right man in McGoldrick.
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Scott Hogan 8
Scored the first-goal of the night and ensured that the Ipswich defence wasn’t allowed a second of peace.
Here’s how some joyous Blades fans reacted to this victory:
Aston Villa3 weeks ago
Aston Villa’s relentless pursuit of this £12m-rated goal machine would provide Dean Smith with a solid marquee signing
Dragon Feeds2 weeks ago
Newcastle must not accept £16m and this Man Utd player’s brother in a swap deal involving this key first-team star
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Burnley3 weeks ago
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