Ipswich struggled throughout the month of August as they attempted to pull together their raft of new additions in League One, with Paul Cook’s side currently sat in the relegation zone during the first international break.
The Tractor Boys have picked up just three points from five matches and are still searching for their first league win of the campaign. They lost to Burton and Cheltenham whilst drawing with Morecambe, MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon.
In a month with few positives, one player stole the show during August – academy product Luke Wolfenden. The 22-year-old was a standout at centre-back and was able to outperform his defensive colleagues who let him down.
With an average SofaScore rating of 6.88, Wolfenden was the highest-rated Ipswich player outside of the forwards, showing that he was a class above the rest on the defensive side of the game throughout the month.
He played in all five League One fixtures and made zero errors leading to shots or goals, conceding zero penalties. This shows that he did not make any major mistakes at the back and was not to blame for Ipswich’s string of poor results, as he did not struggle individually.
As per SofaScore, the 6 foot 1 colossus made 12 interceptions, six tackles and 20 clearances in his five appearances, whilst only being dribbled past once. He won 65% of his duels on the pitch, winning 30 in total during August as he showcased his defensive skills for the Tractor Boys.
The centre-back was also assured in possession. He completed 83% of his passes (51 per game) and had 375 touches overall. This shows that he was composed on the ball and did not make consistent errors with his distribution, another reason why he was a standout performer for Ipswich in spite of their troubled start.
Cook must now be hoping that the defender can keep up this impressive form throughout the rest of the campaign and that the players around him start to match his levels. The key to having a good defence is having a solid unit, as it only takes a mistake from one individual to cost a goal, which is why the players around Wolfenden need to take note of his displays and hold themselves to that standard.