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Ipswich Town column: ‘Here’s to you Jonny Williams...’

Russell Claydon

Russell Claydon

Here’s to Jonny Williams,

Ipswich loves you more than you could know — hey, hey, hey...

I have to admit to getting as carried away as the rest of you at the news our pint-sized Giovani-Dos Santos/Eric Gates-esque midfield maestro is staying, albeit it with a 24-hour recall.

But realistically, even if it he did lead us to the play-offs (which he would be able to play in), the chances of him staying beyond that deal are slim at best.

Perhaps our starvation of a creative spark in our midfield has led us to over-play this one. I am delighted to see him stay and see where that takes us. But what then?

I always come back to the same question: just WHAT is the plan? Use Joniesta to spark a play-off push and, if successful, splash the Premier League cash on revamping the midfield?

Or the more cynical may say his arrival is great PR when the club is desperate for season ticket renewals but unable or unwilling to invest in what we need.

In reality, the irony is the product of Palace’s famous youth system is just the type of two-footed player we are desperate to unearth in our own academy — somewhere you can’t pick holes with the investment (except the fans being asked to part-pay for it, I hear the sceptics say...).

The 1-1 draw at home to Forest may not have been what we hoped for against a managerless side in freefall, but it does keep us hanging on to the top six.

My number crunching suggests we need five wins (or 15 points) to average what sixth place took over the last five seasons.

That must start at Blackburn on Saturday (3pm) before another far from certain return in Huddersfield on Tuesday (7.45pm).

So, it’s over to you, Mr Williams...

nJordan Rhodes scored for Blackburn in December on his first return to Portman Road since leaving the club.

 

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