This week it has been heavily rumoured that Luke Chambers is set for a move to Portman Road.
The 26 year old Nottingham Forest player can play at either centre back or right back which are two positions that Ipswich desperately need someone for.
Chambers started his career at Northampton, making his professional debut at the age of 17 on the last day of the 2002/03 season. After a few impressive seasons with the cobblers Chambers was named captain by Colin Calderwood who then signed him in 2007 when he went to manage Nottigham Forest.
Chambers was named player of the year at Nottingham Forest in the 2010/11 season but he is now available on a free transfer because his contract is up at Forest.
It is good to hear Ipswich being linked with a player of Chambers quality and personality. As I have said before the thing that Ipswich need more than anything right now is leadership and Chambers does seem to be the kind of strong character that we need. It has been a while since Ipswich have had a strong captain figure and the fact that a mercenary like Leadbitter managed to take the captaincy last season says it all.
There are still too many players in the Ipswich team who don’t seem too passionate or willing to step up and take some responsibility but hopefully Paul Jewell is now looking to replace most of them.
It is fair to say that the squad still has a decent amount of players that Roy Keane signed and for the most part these players are the ones who don’t look passionate about playing for Ipswich. It looks like Paul Jewell is slowly trying to get rid of any players with the wrong attitude and bring in players with hunger and passion.
Signing Chambers would be a great start and if he joined alongside Coventry City’s Richard Keogh then they would make a fantastic pairing at centre back. Both players would also be able to help Tommy Smith develop into a solid centre back which would be useful to Ipswich for years to come.
Of course if both players joined then Damien Delaney would probably leave as he wouldn’t get any game time. Personally, I wouldn’t see this as a great loss as Delaney is a very average defender with little evidence to suggest he has the right attitude towards playing for Ipswich.
I think Delaney improved at the end of last season because he realised that if he didn’t then his career would decline rapidly. We saw that Leadbitter only put the effort in to win a contract at Middlesbrough and I am guessing that Delaney had a similar plan in mind.
In an ideal world I would love to see Ipswich sign Chambers and sell Delaney but with Leeds, Leicester, Wigan and West Brom all linked with him it could prove very difficult for Jewell to convince him to sign. Keogh has also been linked with a lot of clubs too so both players will be hard to snap up but hopefully we will sign at least one of them.