Ipswich Town to capture Bury’s promotion-winning defender, 2 things he’ll bring with him

Ipswich Town is trying to finalise a deal which would see former Bury captain Adam Thompson head to Portman Road.

The Blues are targeting a quick deal for the defender, as it’s being reported that a number of League One and Two clubs are interested in signing the Northern Ireland international.

The Football Manc Cave take a look at how he would benefit Paul Lambert’s side…

Captained promotion-winning side

Ipswich will be hoping to bounce straight back to the Championship, under the guidance of Lambert. In order to do this, they need leaders and winners. Thompson captained Bury last season, in which they won promotion from League Two. He was one of their top performers across the season, a real leading figure at the back, he set the standard and the rest of his side followed suit.

Ipswich only has a couple of experienced central defenders on their books, Luke Chambers and Toto Nsiala. So the gaffer will be looking to add a couple before the season starts on August 3rd.

Versatility

Thompson can operate at right-back, which is a huge plus. Chambers is a very good defender, I imagine he’ll be the player they build their side around. Perhaps Thompson will slot alongside him, a potent defence with plenty of experience. It’s important you have two, strong leaders in League One. There’s lots of direct football and crosses into the box, these two will be absolutely prepared for that.

If Ipswich has injuries or suspensions across the defence, Thompson is more than capable of filling in, which will be hugely beneficial to Lambert.

It’s a shame for Bury that he’s left for free, as he may have attracted quite a sizeable fee. A very good player that would improve most League One sides.