Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says: Key piece of the jigsaw is still a must if Town are to fill top six spot

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When Aaron Cresswell inevitably moved on over the summer, every Town fan was disappointed to see him go.

But with the reported £3.75m windfall that came with his exit to West Ham, it was a chance to fill in the missing pieces for a top six spot.

So it was disappointing to hear Mick McCarthy would continue to play the role of Rumpelstiltskin — attempting to weave gold from straw by restricting himself to free transfers again.

Whether the fee will be used up in wages or the cruel near miss with gaining Category One academy status is behind this is not entirely clear.

Do you have to spend money to deliver success though? Not necessarily, but you have to get the right players in.

From our new boys there do look some good additions, with Jonathan Parr a Premier League promotion-winner to slot into left-back and Cameron Stewart and Alex Henshall to provide much-needed pace on the wings.

But number one on my list would have certainly been an attacking midfielder.

We saw at the tail end of last season what a difference the loan signing of Jonny Williams made to our side.

Until we get this sorted I’m I find it hard to see us bridging that gap to the play-offs.

I predicted eighth last season, and would say similar right now, unless Mick can pull off a loan transfer coup.

The first month provides a daunting set of fixtures with relegated Fulham visiting Portman Road on Saturday (Sky 5.15pm) before trips to Reading, Birmingham and Derby County, with an East Anglian derby before the Rams.

Felix Magath’s West London side, able to splash £11 million on Ross McCormack, come with injuries already biting into our comparatively small squad.

With David McGoldrick not match-fit and Stewart and Parr out, it seems a big ask, but there is nothing like the first day for catching out a newly relegated side.