Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says: Town able to avoid panic buying on deadline day
It was another quiet transfer deadline day at Portman Road — but this time there will be no outcry from me about players not coming in.
As the clock ticked down to 6pm, Mick McCarthy was able to keep his phone out of sight, content his work was already done.
And while other clubs splashed the cash in a record-breaking window, owner Marcus Evans was left counting another handsome profit.
I had still harboured a few concerns, namedly that although the wings had been sorted with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Ryan Fraser, both weren’t our players, while the right-back area still looked our main weakness.
But in Australian international Tommy Oar, signed on a free at the weekend from the Dutch top flight, and Guinean capped Laursen Toure, also a freebie who has caught the eye in cup games, we have another two good options for the wide areas.
I doubt many, if any of us, had heard of Polish defender Piotr Malarczyk before last week, but the £8,500 recruit could prove to be the solution for that right full-back area.
The squad, with a good blend of youth and experience, certainly seems stronger than last season, despite the departure of Tyrone Mings and the almost £8 million that has been recouped in transfer fees.
Only losing one of our key players has certainly been a relief following the summer speculation.
After all the build-up to Saturday’s early top-of-the-table clash with Brighton it ended up being an ultimately frustrating afternoon where conceding twice in 12 minutes was always going to make it tough.
But despite the 3-2 defeat, having got it back to 2-2, I’m sure we would all have taken 10 points from five games, especially with the numerous players that have been missing, including Christophe Berra at the heart of the defence.
And with that early table showing us just three points off the top of the league, there are plenty of positives to take into the international break.