Date:Thursday August 9 2007
It's back! The Owls kick off their new campaign at Portman Road this Saturday and we speak to Vital Ipswich editor Theo about what to expect from his side.
1. OK, so what are your expectations for the coming season?
Play-offs are a real prospect I believe but I think automatic promotion is perhaps beyond our grasp. Although I think mid-table mediocrity beckons for yet another season.
2. Who've you brought in, and who've you let go over the summer?
Well...it hasn't been the most active transfer period I have ever encountered as a Town fan. We have resigned two old players in the form of Tommy Miller and Pablo Counago and we have signed Neil Alexander as well from Cardiff. Not one of these signings cost one penny and it doesn't look as though we will spend any money (as usual). The only real departure from Ipswich apart from Currie going to Brighton is Lewis Price being bought by Premiership new-boys Derby.
3. Who will be your key players to look out for?
Alan Lee is an obvious danger man for Town and he can be very troublesome. Danny Haynes is also one to watch with his lightning pace that causes defences real problems.
4. What are you strengths?
I would have to say that our midfield is the strongest part of our general game with a great balance of youth and experience having been achieved by Magilton. Legwinski, if he is fit, is a real player and possesses true quality. We also have players such as Gary Roberts, Gavin Williams, Owen Garvan who are all great young talents.
5. ...and your weaknesses?
On balance, I would have to say that our defence can be our weakest part of our game although it has greatly improved over the past couple of seasons with the acquisitions of players like Dan Harding and Alex Bruce bolstering the defence.
6. What are your thoughts on Jim Magilton?
Great man and just the man to take Town forward to the premiership where we belong. He is truly passionate about the club and actually cares about the club's status. He can be very shrewd in the transfer market and has to be with the budget we have at Ipswich.
7. It looks like we could be signing Francis Jeffers, what are your thoughts on him from last season?
I was really impressed with Francis Jeffers and you can easily tell he has undeniable quality. He managed to get a few oals for us as well and really lifted our season. I was personally devastated when I heard he was not coming to Town.
8. If you could sign one player from Wednesday who would it be and why?
It would have to be your Chris Brunt who i think is a great midfielder as he manages to weigh in with a few goals as well. Brunt has a great shot on him and that is something we really need.
9. What do you make of our chances next season?
You seem to have a bit more money than us and if you manage to make a few signings then i think you can go all the way but in my humble opinion it is play-offs at best for you guys.
10. Finally, what's your score prediction?
I have got to say I think Town will edge this encounter and I predict a scoreline of 3-1 to The Tractor Boys.
Cheers, Theo, and good luck for the new season, after Saturday of course...
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Next up....Rotherham United!
Date:Thursday August 9 2007
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