Paul Jewell has made no secret of the fact that he is looking to sign a new goalkeeper for next season.
Since then everyone has been left guessing as to who will actually be in between the sticks next season.
Ipswich have struggled to maintain organisation and leadership at the back largely due to the fact that they haven’t had a permanent first team goalkeeper in so long.
Many fans have voiced their displeasure towards the approach of signing goalkeepers on loan for obvious reasons. Often goalkeepers loaned in like David Stockdale have been very disappointing in terms of their on field displays. Whilst Stockdale was capable he did seem to be very over rated before joining Ipswich and when he was recalled from his loan he wasn’t missed by many.
The other problem with a loan goalkeeper is even more fundamental, as if you actually manage to capture a decent goalkeeper on loan then he could well be recalled and leave the team in a bad state. It may have worked for other clubs but Ipswich really haven’t had much luck with loaning goalkeepers and it would be very surprising to see Paul Jewell make the same mistake again.
By that logic young Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos can almost completely be ruled out as an option as he would probably only sign on loan. His former team mate Tomasz Kuszczak is a more likely option as he is available on a free transfer after being released from Manchester United. At 30 years old Kuszczak has at least 3 seasons left in him before he starts to decline in terms of his playing ability so he wouldn’t just be a short term option for Ipswich. Whether the Polish international would be interested in joining Ipswich is another matter though. It is important to remember that there are probably a lot of clubs interested in Kuszczak and chances are they are in a much more promising position as a club.
A shorter term option would be taking on unwanted QPR goalkeeper Paddy Kenny. It is likely that Kenny will join up with Neil Warnock though as he has been Warnock’s right hand man for many years now. Even if Ipswich were able to convince Kenny to join I would be much happier to see them search for a goalkeeper who would be capable of playing for at least the next 3 or 4 seasons.
If Ipswich were to gain promotion ideally they wouldn’t want to be forced into spending a large amount on a Premier League goalkeeper, similarly, if Ipswich fail to gain promotion they will want to build a stable squad for the future with a consistent face in goal.
The other players that Ipswich have been linked with are Scott Loach, Brad Guzan and Colin Doyle. It is safe to say that Scott Loach probably won’t be joining Ipswich as he would cost a reasonably large fee to buy, whereas the other options are better and cheaper.
Personally, I rate Brad Guzan over Colin Doyle but either would do a good enough job at Championship level. In terms of who Jewell ideally wants it is probably Kuszczak as he is a top quality goalkeeper who would be capable of playing in the Premier League.
However, like I mentioned earlier it is likely that Kuszczak will be well sought after and his wage demands are likely to be very high. A more realistic hope would be that Ipswich sign Guzan or Doyle. Whoever the next signing is everyone will be hoping that they will be a solid choice for the long term.