TOTT Team of the Decade – Part Two
In our second instalment of TOTT Team of the Decade, we have selected our Ipswich Town four man midfield. Remember, if you have an alternative to our selection, let us know through any of our social media platforms!
Ryan Fraser – LM
Fraser was part of the deal which took Tyrone Mings to Bournemouth in the summer of 2015. The Scottish winger joined Town on loan for the 2015/16 campaign and it was fair to say he made quite an impact.
Fraser made 21 appearances for Town scoring six and assisting three times in a spell which was cut short due to a hamstring injury in January. But his form and performances in the first half of the season was enough to earn his place in out TOTD. The season fizzled out after Fraser’s injury and if he had remained fit who knows what could have happened that season. Fraser just pipped over loanees Bersant Celina and Tom Lawrence who both also enjoyed productive loan spells in difficult times for Town.
Cole Skuse & Flynn Downes – CM
The current first choice current pairing in midfield for Town are my choice also my choice in our TOTD.
Skuse signed on a free transfer from Bristol City in the summer of 2013 and has been a virtual ever-present since. The midfielder has made over 250 appearances for Town and has been a vital player over the seasons, protecting the back four and often sniffing out any opposition attacks. Skuse very rarely scores goals but when he does, god they’re good! His belter against Cardiff won the goal of the season in 2014/15 for Town. Often dubbed a ‘Premier League player’ by his managers we have been lucky to have a man like Skuse in our ranks. Maybe a future Town assistant manager under the stewardship of Chambo, what a team that would be!
Downes progressed through the academy at Town, but arguable it was his move away from Town that made him as a person and a player. Downes joined Luton Town in January 2018 and played an integral part in their League Two promotion winning season. The following season Downes returned to Town as a ‘man’ and as looked a key part of the squad ever since.
When first bursting onto the scenes, Downes was seen more as a holding midfielder but over the last few seasons his game has a whole lot more to it than that. He is your typical box to box midfielder, his energy and enthusiasm is infectious and he is now arguably the first name on Paul Lambert’s team sheet. At the age of 20, Downes has also become Town’s youngest ever captain. Hopefully a sight we can see more often once Luke Chambers hangs up his boots.
Freddie Sears – RM
Sears signed from neighbours Colchester United in January 2015 for £100,000 and went on to score nine goals in his debut season. It was his partnership with League top-scorer Daryl Murphy which was the main reason Town reached the play-offs that season.
Playing the majority of his 177 appearances for Town out wide, Sears has scored 30 goals for Town. Sears enjoyed a resurgence under new boss Paul Lambert scoring 9 goals in 23 appearances but his season, and any hope of a Town survival, were ended at Carrow Road in February.
Sears has now recovered from his ACL injury and ends the decade with much anticipation upon his return and hopefully spearheading a promotion charge in the second half of the campaign.