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There have been several rumours circulating over the last few days that Ipswich Town are set to offer Danny Rowe an escape route from AFC Fylde but how likely is it that a deal will be reached?
Rowe wants away
It’s been well documented that Rowe is keen to move on from his current employer following their slide from promotion challenger to relegation battlers in the space of a few months. Striker Rowe only has a few months left on his deal and discussions between his representatives and Fylde chairman David Haythornthwaite have concluded in a compromise that will allow their prized asset to leave in January should a suitable package land on the table.
Is Rowe good enough to step up?
Rowe – whose name is shared by a current Ipswich winger –came through the youth system at Manchester United so his grounding in the game couldn’t get any better but he has, of course, dropped down the pyramid after struggling to find anywhere to call home – until he found Fylde that is.
The 30 year old attacker has an impressive strike rate of a goal every game and a half and it’s something he’s produced on a regular basis having managed to bag twenty plus goals in each of his previous five campaigns. Since signing for Fylde in 2014 he’s proven capable of scoring all types of goals, from the simple to the sensational, his link up play is decent and he’ll do battle with centre backs like a stallion in the odds of the Kentucky Derby. Those are three things that don’t do you any harm at the top end of the pitch regardless of what level you’re playing at.
Despite his terrific scoring record, this year hasn’t quite gone to plan for Rowe and he’s only got six league goals to his name although it is worth considering the plight of his team as well; after all it’s hard to score goals when chances aren’t being served up.
Would Ipswich take him?
On the surface of it, you might look at Jordan Roberts leaving Portman Road to join Gillingham on loan and think that Rowe could be set to fill the void. Dig a little deeper though and you’d realise Roberts has barely kicked a ball in the league so it’s hardly like a replacement is needed.
Paul Lambert’s men are aiming to return to the Championship at the first time of asking after their relegation last year and it would be a big step for Rowe considering the fact he’s never played league football. That’s not to say he wouldn’t take to the higher level – as Tractor Boys summer signing James Norwood has shown is doable over the last few years – but given the word from Ipswich in the build up to the window was about looking to free transfers it seems unlikely that they’d spend their limited transfer kitty on an unproven 30 year old.
The other question mark over this potential deal is whether Lambert feels the need for another striker in his squad. Norwood and Kayden Jackson have been the frequent attackers for Town and with Freddie Sears back from injury after a long layoff a further front player doesn’t seem the key area of concern.
Is anyone else in the mix?
Ipswich are the only club with any serious links to Rowe at the moment but you’d be foolish to think a host of League One and Two clubs don’t have their eyes on a man who scores goals with ease – especially when he could be available on the relative cheap.