Ipswich’s disappointing start to the 2021/22 campaign continued as they lost 2-1 to Burton Albion away from home on Saturday.
Paul Cook’s Blues were held to a 2-2 draw by Morecambe on the opening day of the season before being knocked out of the League Cup by Newport County earlier this week. Instead of putting those results behind them, the Tractor Boys compounded their woes with a loss to Burton.
The team included a number of new additions from the summer transfer window, but it was one of the pre-existing squad members who had a horror showing – Kane Vincent-Young.
He was caught sleeping for Burton’s opening goal as he allowed Lucas Akins to get in behind him with a simple pass and struggled offensively and defensively throughout the game.
This shows that he was sloppy with the ball at his feet and handed possession back to Burton far too often, allowing the home side to start more attacks and ultimately win the game. He also failed to complete a single dribble and only two of his nine crossing attempts were accurate.
EADT journalist Andy Warren gave him a rating of 5/10 for his performance, highlighting his mistake in the build-up to Burton’s opening goal. He wrote:
“The defender made two big blocks early on before being part of a defence caught out by a quick Burton free-kick, which saw Lucas Akins get in behind him in a move that led to the opening goal of the game. Had some probing moments but wasn’t able to consistently beat his man when attacking.”
Defensively, he did not fare much better.
As per SofaScore, Vincent-Young lost 12 of his 19 defensive duels – ground and aerial. This highlights his lack of strength in one-on-one duels, with the opposition coming off best the majority of the time.
Therefore, Cook must ruthlessly axe the dud for the trip to Cheltenham in midweek. He was dreadful at both ends of the pitch, as shown by the aforementioned statistics, and the Ipswich boss cannot afford to have such a liability on the right-hand side of his defence. Dropping him out of the spotlight for a game could help him reset and focus up to improve ready for his next opportunity.