It has been a while since Ipswich have had a consistent strike partnership for a full season and this season has been no exception. At one point this season Ipswich had 11 players that have at least occasionally played as strikers.
The disappointing part is that out of all the forwards that have pulled on an Ipswich shirt this season hardly any of them have played well. The plus side is that Mick McCarthy can pick and chose between a lot of the ones he has at the club right now provided he keeps Ipswich in The Championship this season.
Daryl Murphy is a player that brings mixed feelings to most fans and none more-so than myself. The Irishmen has never actually been signed fully by Ipswich despite spending three seasons at the club. His first loan spell was probably his most impressive as he netted one goal every three games and although The Tractor Boys offered Murphy a contract at the end of this spell, he chose to join Celtic instead. After failing to hold down a place with the Scottish giants he has returned to Suffolk on two occasions but has never managed to be overly impressive. He has looked dangerous on occasion this season and at times his height and strength have been needed to help grind out some important results. However, overall he is just another average forward that can be easily replaced.
If Ipswich chose to keep him it wouldn’t terrible, but as Murphy is now coming into his 30’s the club are probably better off looking elsewhere.
Micheal Chopra has done a great job of getting his name in the papers this season, unfortunately it has not been for the right reasons. The most frustrating fact regarding the former Cardiff City striker is that we all know he should be a top Championship striker but something is obviously holding him back. I think many have held onto the hope that one day he will go back to his best but I can’t see that happening myself. All that the club will get from keeping Micheal Chopra is another season of inconsistent performances and false hope.
David McGoldrick hasn’t had too long to impress Town fans upfront but he seems to have done a decent job.
The Nottingham Forest player is still training with Ipswich even though he cannot play for the club which clearly shows his strong desire to join Ipswich permanently. He has a great touch and obviously has a lot of talent, my only doubt is whether he can score enough goals to justify his place in the side. McGoldrick is great with the ball at his feet and is the type of striker that can get involved with build up play, but does he get into the right places to score goals consistently?
Probably not but he hasn’t played enough games at Ipswich to fully judge his goalscoring potential.
It is a bit much to ask that the club chases proven goalscorers too and based on the fact that the team has been on the brink of relegation all of this season I think that he would be a great signing for a struggling side like Ipswich.
Frank Nouble has looked lively when he has come on and is certainly worth getting a better look at next season. The former Wolves striker is still young and under the right guidance could be a useful player for Ipswich, showing his goalscoring talent against Crystal Palace on Tuesday. Aaron Mclean has not yet done enough to earn himself a contract but it is understood that he will get plenty of time in the remaining games so things could change quickly there.
Finally, the man that everyone has nearly forgotten about is Paul Taylor. Although Taylor isn’t considered a full striker he could well offer Ipswich something positive for next season. Nobody knows how well he will recover after having such a bad injury but he deserves some time next season to show everyone what he can do.
In conclusion, I can’t see many of the current batch of strikers sticking around and I think it will be refreshing to see plenty of new faces next season, provided that Ipswich avoid the drop of course!