Opinion: Deal or No Deal?

In the last week or two, Paul Lambert has been quizzed on potential new deals for his current crop of players. Understandably the Town boss has said that decisions won’t be made until we know what league Town will be competing in next season.

We take a look at who will be going out of contract this summer and if we think they should be offered new terms. Why not have a go at our interactive polls to see if you agree with us.

Cole Skuse

The experienced midfielder has made over 250 appearances for Town since his move from Bristol City in 2013 on a free transfer. Over the past seven seasons Skuse has been arguably the most consistent and reliable player to put on the shirt.

This season Skuse has made 24 league appearances but has recently fallen out of favour with Emyr Huws preferred in midfield. Come the start of next season Skuse will be 34, could that be taken into consideration? Possibly. For me, although he won’t be playing as much, Skuse is the sort of person we need around the training ground. His professionalism and attitude is one which the younger players can look up too, plus he will still be able to do a job on the pitch too.

Our Verdict: Deal

Andre Dozzell

The difficult one. Dozzell has talent, he could potentially be the midfielder we are calling out for to dictate games. However, the key words there are could and potentially. Too many false dawns and nowhere near consistent enough to stake a regular place in the team.

As thing stands, Dozzell is currently behind Cole Skuse, Flynn Downes, Alan Judge, Emyr Huws and Jon Nolan in the pecking order. Alongside those five, when fit, Teddy Bishop is ahead of Dozzell too.

We understand that Dozzell was very keen on the potential move to arch rivals Norwich City last summer, could Premier League football suit Dozzell? Maybe. Either way it is looking more and more likely by the game that Dozzell’s Town career could be coming to an end.

Our Verdict: No Deal

Gwion Edwards

The former Peterborough man signed for Town in the summer of 2018 for a reported £700,000. In his first season Edwards played right-wing scoring six times in 34 appearances.

This season Edwards has been utilised in a more defensive role, deputising for the injured Kane Vincent-Young. Although certainly not his most natural position, the Welshman has plugged a gap for Town.

The defensive side of his game still needs improving, the ten yellow cards proving that, but we haven’t really seen the attacking side of Edwards on a consistent basis.

Our Verdict: No Deal

Will Keane

Signed from Hull on a temporary basis in January, Keane scored three goals in 12 appearances as Town dropped out of the Championship.

Re-signed in August after his Hull release, I was expecting Keane to be a big hit in League One, providing he kept clear of injuries. To be honest, it’s not quite happened for Keane, after making an impact in cup games and as a sub, Lambert has given Keane a run in the side with the former Manchester United man making little impact.

In terms of finishing, he is probably the best we have at the club, with six goals to his name so far this season, but we don’t seem to play to his strengths. Most of the time the ball is played in the air or over the top for Jackson to chase, if we play football, like against Accrington at home, Keane can be very effective.

Our Verdict: Take up year option

Danny Rowe

After loan spells away from Portman Road, I was starting to wonder if Danny Rowe’s Ipswich career was over before it really got started.

After starting the season as a key player on the wing, the change of formation and his injuries has seen his season, and possibly Town career, fizzle out.

Our Verdict: No Deal

Jordan Roberts

Starred in our Leasing.com fixtures, Roberts scored three goals in two group game fixtures. However, in the league Roberts has made a single substitute appearance this season, with Lambert sometimes even opting to go without a striker on the bench instead of Roberts.

The move to Gillingham last month seemed to make perfect sense for all three parties. Roberts has scored two goals in four appearances for the Kent based club.

Our Verdict: No Deal

Armando Dobra

Another player who has shone in the cup competitions, Dobra was subject of a surprise bid from Premier League side Brighton last month.

In his only league appearance for Town, Dobra got sent off in our first defeat of the season against Accrington Stanley. I would have him in and around the squad at the moment as we seem to lack wide players and could be a good alternative option. 

Certainly a player we need to keep hold of, and the Albanian could have a bright future with Town.

Our Verdict: Deal

Brett McGavin and Bailey Clements

Like the look of both of these young lads. McGavin looks a class act in the middle of the park, ticks all the boxes for me. Watching him make his debut at Colchester, I liked what I saw. Very much in the mould of Cole Skuse and if the Bury born midfielder can have a career like his, then we are in for a treat. 

Clements has possibly stalled a little over the course of the season. Starting the season on tour with the first team, Clements game time with the senior squad has been limited. Understandably, the priority has gone to Myles Kenlock in cup competitions, meaning we have not seen as much of Clements as I would have hoped. 

Our Verdict: Deal

Town hold the option for an additional year on all of the above players.

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