No Jackson, No Norwood, who does that leave alongside Keane in our striking department
We take a look at what striking options are available to Paul Lambert ahead of the next three matches. Town will be without their two leading marksman with Kayden Jackson sitting out a three game ban after his red card against Oxford and James Norwood is ruled out until April after undergoing adductor surgery.
The obvious choice, Fredde has been waiting patiently in the wings after returning from his knee ligament injury sustained at Norwich last February. Sears made his comeback against Gillingham on Boxing Day, appearing as a sub 10 minutes from time, since then, Sears started the Leasing.com defeat at Exeter at the start of January but has failed to make a league start this season and has been restricted to late cameos from the bench more often than not.
The former Colchester man has said that is fit and raring to go and it has been a little bit of a mystery why Lambert has opted against playing Sears more often. It was Sears who was scoring so freely for Paul Lambert when he joined the club last season, scoring six goals before that season ending injury at Carrow Road.
Lambert may opt for a lone striking role for Will Keane against Blackpool, something which worked so well away at Coventry for the opening 45 minutes. But with home games against Fleetwood and Coventry to follow, Lambert will be looking to Sears to share the load which is now almost fully of the shoulders of Will Keane.
The Algerian is becoming a bit of a forgotten man at Portman Road after bursting onto the scene earlier in the season. Dobra scored on his debut away against Championship side Luton Town in the Carabao Cup before starring in the Leasing.com games. His League One debut was one to forget though, introduced at half time during our defeat to Accrington Stanley, Dobra then got sent off for an off the ball incident which also so a Stanley defender dismissed.
Despite his promising displays in the cup, Dobra hasn’t been seen since our exit at the hands of Exeter at the start of January. While other exciting youngsters such as Idris El Mizouni and Ben Folmai have been loaned out, Town turned down a bid from Premier League side Brighton for the services of the tricky forward.
Against Oxford, while the subs were going through their paces away from the starting eleven, I looked down to see the likes of Skuse, Huws, Dozzell and Bishop all warming up. Surely including Dobra would have given us an extra alternative, someone who is unpredictable, direct, forward thinking, someone who gets bums of seats. Surely the Algerian international will be included in our upcoming trio of games.
Don’t be surprised to see Ben Morris in and around the side in the next couple of weeks. The 20-year-old striker, has made four appearances for Town, returned early from a rather unsuccessful loan with Forest Green Rovers last January. In the opening half of the season, Morris made just five starts and three substitute appearances for the League Two side, scoring once.
The England U17, U18 and U19 international has recently returned to action after close to a year sidelined after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in training. Although he hasn’t been involved in a first-team fixture since the opening day of last season, Morris has been pretty prolific when playing with the U23s and is certainly someone who knows where the goal is.