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In opposition: Ipswich Town - ones to watch

27 September 2021

Ipswich Town have made a lot of changes in the summer bringing in talented, experienced players to bolster the options for manager Paul Cook.

Here are four to keep an eye on:

Macauley Bonne

Born in Ipswich, Macauley Bonne signed with the Blues on a season-long loan in June 2021 from parent club Queens Park Rangers. He scored his first Ipswich goal in the 91st minute of a 2-2 draw with Morecambe, helping the Blues to earn a point. Before his current loan spell with Ipswich, the Zimbabwe international his senior career with Colchester United, going on to score seven goals in 75 appearances. This season, Bonne leads the Blues goal tally with five. He finds the target with 50% of his shots, and the back of the net 23% of the time.

 

Lee Evans

Welsh international Lee Evans is new to Ipswich Town this season, but provides the senior leadership needed in the dressing room.

The midfielder has served a number of clubs in the EFL Championship, including five years with Wolverhampton Wanderers (2013-18), where he played 59 games and score three goal. In that span, he also served loan spells at Bradford City and Wigan Athletic (twice) before signing a two-year permanent deal with the Latics in 2019.

Evans found his way to Ipswich Town following Wigan’s relegation to League One. On the international level, Evans began with the Wales U21 side in 2013, before eventually earning his first senior call-up in 2017. He made his senior debut in October 2017, as part of a draw with Panama.

So far this season, Evans has delivered 24 crosses into the box, picked up three interceptions and has seven tackles won. He is the second-most fouled player on the pitch for Ipswich winning 12 free-kicks.

 

Scott Fraser

A native of Dundee, Scott Fraser signed a three-year contract to join Ipswich Town in July 2021. He made an immediate impact for the Blues, scoring his first goal for the club in a 2-2 opening day draw with Morecambe. Prior to his arrival at Portman Road, Fraser spent the 2020/21 campaign with MK Dons, scoring 14 goals in 44 games. He began his senior career at hometown club Dundee United (2014-18), including an initial loan to Airdrieonians. He arrived in England in 2018, playing two seasons with Burton Albion (2018-2020), and going on to record 11 goals in 72 matches.

Already this season, Fraser has a goal and two assists under his belt, with four of his six shots finding their way on target. He supplies the deliveries for the Blues, leading the team with 34 crosses into the box, adding two interceptions and three tackles won in defence. He is the most-fouled player for the Blues, being fouled a total of 13 times so far.

 

James Norwood

James Norwood signed a three-year deal with the Blues in 2019. In May 2021, he returned from a hamstring injury suffered in October 2020.

Despite missing the majority of the year through injury, Norwood led the Blues with 10 goals scored across all competitions last season, allowing him to finish as the team’s top goal scorer for the second consecutive campaign.

Before arriving at Portman Road, he played a big part in Tranmere Rovers’ promotion to League One via the play-offs in 2018. The striker netted 92 goals in 180 appearances at Prenton Park.

Internationally, Norwood has been capped seven times by the England C team, scoring four goals for his country.

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