Ipswich Town will be looking to mount a serious challenge for promotion back into the Championship next season under the management of Paul Cook.
It’s likely to be an interesting summer transfer window ahead, with player departures likely, as Cook looks to rebuild his squad ahead of the 2021/22 league campaign.
The Tractor Boys finished ninth in the League One table last term, as they narrowly missed out on a top-six finish in the third tier standings, much to the frustration of the Portman Road faithful.
They showed glimpses of their quality, and the club’s supporters will be eager to see their side challenge for promotion into the second-tier.
Experienced heads Luke Chambers and Cole Skuse were among some of the players to leave the club upon the expiration of their contracts, and reinforcements are certainly needed moving forwards.
One player that has recently been linked with a move to Ipswich is Everton defender Lewis Gibson, with the East Anglian Daily Times reporting that Paul Cook’s men are weighing up a temporary or permanent move for the 20-year-old.
Gibson spent the 2020/21 season on loan with Championship side Reading but endured a frustrating campaign with the Berkshire-based side.
The Everton loanee made 13 appearances in all competitions during that season and was often behind the likes of Tom McIntyre and Tom Holmes in the pecking order at the Madejski Stadium.
Gibson only made seven starts for Veljko Paunovic’s side in that league campaign, as they finished seventh in the second-tier standings.
At the age of 20, he’ll be eager to get his career back on track, and a move to Ipswich Town could present him with the ideal opportunity to do just that.
As previously mentioned, Luke Chambers has left the club upon the expiration of his contract at Portman Road, and so additional strength in depth is needed in defence moving forwards.
Gibson is still relatively young and will be eager to prove a point, having not being given much of a chance with both Everton and Reading so far in his career.
He would be no stranger to playing his football at League One level either, having made 11 appearances in total for Fleetwood Town, in a loan spell back in 2020, as they earned a spot in the play-offs, although they narrowly missed out on promotion after a defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in their play-off semi-final in the 2019/20 campaign.
Ipswich certainly aren’t messing around when it comes to adding to their squad this summer either, with the likes of Rekeem Harper, Wes Burns, Matt Penney and Macauley Bonne being just some of the players to sign up with Paul Cook’s side ahead of the 2020/21 season.
They’re making serious moves in the summer transfer window already, and it would be a real statement of intent by the Tractor Boys if they were to strike an agreement to land Gibson’s signature as well.
The pressure will be on Cook’s men though, as they seem to be building a squad that is more than capable of making a serious push for promotion into the Championship this term.