Ipswich Town Summer Transfer Window 2024

Ipswich Town Summer Transfer Window 2024 Analysis: Strategy, Needs, Areas for Improvement and Financial Capabilities

Ipswich Town’s Performance in the 2023/24 Season

Having finished second in League One in 2022/23 with an impressive 98 points, Ipswich Town secured their second-successive promotion as they finished second in the EFL Championship by one point in the 2023/24 season, thus qualifying for the Premier League in the 2024/25 season.

Under Kieran McKenna, the club made an incredible start to the season and suffered just two defeats between August and November last year. They stitched together some incredible winning streaks to propel themselves into the automatic qualification spots for the Premier League. This ended their 22-year absence from the top-flight.

Ipswich did fairly well in the FA Cup but were dumped out after a defeat to Maidstone United in Round 4 of the competition. They also made it the round of 16 at the EFL Cup but suffered a defeat against Fulham and were knocked out.

Now, their priorities will shift as per their surroundings, and Ipswich Town will look to retain their Premier League status at the end of the upcoming 2024/25 season. For that, they will need to recruit quick and smart.

Transfer Strategy

Omari Hutchinson will look to revive his career. (Google Images)

Ipswich have struggled to sell players in recent years, as they have not progressed well enough or developed as per expectations. However, their promotion to the Premier League is bound to turn heads, as they will receive nearly 150m. 

Last season, they signed several players, including loanee Omari Hutchinson from Chelsea, as they looked to strengthen their squad in all areas. They will need to continue to be astute in the market as things do not look good financially. To that tune, Ipswich may have to offload some players.

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Squad Needs & Areas of Improvement

Goalkeeper

With just two senior goalkeepers currently in the roster, Ipswich Town will need to sign at least two more to prevent any mishaps in case one gets injured. Their current custodians are 21 and 28 respectively, but the club will need to add more backup for them.

Midfielders

To cope with the fast-paced and physical nature of the Premier League, Ipswich will need to ensure they sign quality midfielders ahead of the season.

Strikers

The team currently has just four forwards at the moment and will need to add at least two more so they can have adequate bench depth and can compete. Scoring goals will be of paramount importance and being a team that can score freely is something McKenna will want for his players.

Former Leicester custodian Schmeichel could be a decent option.

Ipswich Town Transfer Window 2024: Potential Signings & Top Targets

Ipswich Town Transfer TargetsPositionCurrent ClubEstimated Fee (in EUR millions)
Jaden PhilogeneWingerHull City15m
Jacob GreavesDefenderHull City15m
Fotis IoannidisStrikerPanathinaikos13m
Lucas AssadiAttacking MidfieldClub Universidad3.50m

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Jaden Philogene

The 22-year-old winger had a great season for Hull City and contributed well to his team’s achievements. He made 33 appearances across competitions last season, netting 12 times and playing six assists. His ability to play on either wing would be a big plus for Ipswich should he join, but they will have to pay well to sign him.

Jacob Greaves

Another Hull City player, Greaves has been impressive for the Tigers of late. He made 43 appearances across competitions last season and scored two goals along with providing four assists. Standing at nearly six-foot-four, Greaves is left-footed and is a towering presence in defence and should do well.

Fotis Ioannidis

The Panathinaikos striker had a pretty good season for his club as he made 44 appearances across competitions, scoring 23 goals and providing nine assists. He mainly plays through the middle of the park and uses his strength and movement to create spacing to attempt shots.

Lucas Assadi

The 20-year-old Chilean has made a decent start to life with Universidad, as he has made 11 appearances across competitions and netted four goals as well. He can play as a central as well as wide midfielder and has shown great promise. Should Ipswich sign him cheap, he could prove to be a major coup.

Assadi has the potential to become a great player. (Google Images)

Ipswich Town’s Financial Capabilities

Promotion to the Premier League is bound to have given Ipswich Town a huge chunk of money to play around with to build their squad. However, they will have to be careful while investing and will need to play most of their cards right to get ahead in this ongoing transfer window.

Budget Overview

Last season, a total of 23 players left the club in search of greener pastures. However, they were all free transfers and fetched the club nothing. In contrast, Ipswich Town signed 20 players for a combined total of €-5.67, making that figure their net loss for last season.

Financial Fair Play (FFP)

With a huge chunk of promotion money coming their way, Ipswich can rebuild their roster from ground up, but will need to spend smartly in adherence with FFP laws.

Strategic Spending

As most newly-promoted clubs do, Ipswich could target fringe players from existing teams in the PL to improve the overall quality of the team.

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