Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Shite here, Wright now

Blogger is still shit with Opera, so this post comes courtesy of Internet Explorer. If the brains at blogger haven't fixed this, I'm taking this off to wordpress.

Anyway, since we last spoke last week, Ipswich have made two signings. A striker and a goalkeeper. The suggestions were that Jim Magilton has been looking for a big strong hold up forward, and a smaller, pacier goalscorer. So it's a suprise that Kevin Lisbie has turned up, and that we've paid good money for him. I know he scored 17 league goals for a relegated Colchester side last season, but he didn't score that many for Charlton in the previous 12 years. He's only managed to score against that collective that we call a defence once in nine games, which is less than prolific types such as Danny Dichio, Devon White and Paul Furlong have managed in one. Like most Ipswich fans, I remember his laughable dive whilst on loan at Norwich, which only the referee bought, causing the popular Sito to be unfairly sent off. Not impressed.

Less suprising is the signing of Richard Wright as our new goalkeeper. He meets one of the criteria of new signings (ex-teammate of Magilton), and is brought in as experience, as Shane Supple isn't deemed to have played enough games to be quite trusted yet. Wright has made just over 100 appearances since he left us seven years ago, which is an average of just over a dozen a season. Not ideal for someone who had missed just 11 games in five seasons. Hopefully he won't be too rusty, especially as we don't have a left back anymore, as Matt Richards has joined Brighton on loan. Again. Why we don't just pay him off and let him join them permanently, I don't know. Still, we're talking to Ben Thatcher, and trialing a mystery Honduran international (the mystery being how it took six days for his pre-arranged flight to land in the UK).

Optimism is not at a high.

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