A major transfer development has emerged regarding Ipswich target Jayden Stockley and where he will be playing his football next season.
Charlton Athletic have officially confirmed the signing of Jayden Stockley from Preston on a permanent deal. Stockley has put pen to paper on a three-year contract with Charlton to end all of the speculation about his future this summer.
The East Anglian Daily Times reported earlier this month that Stockley was a player Ipswich were keen on signing ahead of next season. They claimed that Ipswich boss Paul Cook had held talks with the club over a potential swoop for Stockley, although it isn’t clear how far those discussions went as the 27-year-old has now opted to sign for Charlton.
After a loss to Portsmouth earlier this year, former Charlton boss Lee Bowyer pointed to Jayden Stockley as the club’s shining light. He called the forward a “constant threat” and praised his all-around performance. Bowyer told London News Online:
“Balls that went up to him. Even balls that he shouldn’t even hold onto and keep, he keeps. He’s just a constant threat. Every time there’s a ball going into the box, you’re thinking, where is he? He must be a nightmare for defenders.”
“Our midfielders getting around him, when he can’t score himself he’s always looking to tee up someone else. Four or five occasions, we had shots that came from his lay-offs and their defenders got good blocks on them. I thought Jayden was very good tonight.”
Ipswich fans will be livid by this news as their club have just missed out on the chance to sign a quality striker to bolster the squad this summer. Stockley proved that he is a top-class player at League One level during his loan spell with Charlton and the Addicks will now benefit from his ability in the 2021/22 campaign.
The £5.1k-per-week beast averaged an exceptional WhoScored rating of 7.41 in League One for Charlton, as he scored eight and assisted two goals in 20 starts. For context, only two Ipswich players averaged higher than 7.00 in League One, with James Wilson (7.02) and Mark McGuinness (7.21) standing out ahead of their teammates. This highlights just how impressive Stockley was during his loan spell with Charlton and why he could have been a superb signing for the Blues.
Cook and CEO Mark Ashton will now need to work hard to identify alternative targets as goalscoring remains a huge issue for Ipswich. James Norwood was Ipswich’s top goalscorer last season with nine goals, whilst their second-top scorer was Gwion Edwards with six and he has now sealed a transfer to Wigan. This shows how Ipswich are desperately lacking at the top end of the pitch and why they need to make sure they bring in a quality striker addition, especially now they have missed out on Stockley.