Ipswich Town's Cole Skuse suggests Paul Lambert was bemused by decision to leave out Jordan Roberts

A general view of the control room at Ipswich Town during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Norwich City  at Portman Road on September 2, 2018 in Ipswich, England.

Ipswich Town’s Jordan Roberts has come back into the team under Paul Lambert.

Ipswich Town Manager Paul Hurst during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Bolton Wanderers at Portman Road Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Ipswich, England.

Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse says new manager Paul Lambert has queried why Jordan Roberts wasn’t in the team after showing his ability in training and against Preston last weekend, East Anglian Daily Times report.

“Managers have their own opinions and for whatever reason Jordan wasn’t involved in the squad with the previous manager," Skuse told reporters.

For whatever reason things didn’t work out for him under Paul Hurst but as soon as the new manager came in, from day one or day two, he was asking questions about him and why he wasn’t featuring in the team.

“In training his technique is up there with some of the best I’ve seen in terms of his finishing. Also, he’s the type of character you want around the team.”


Paul Hurst took over the Ipswich Town job from Mick McCarthy in the summer after departing Shrewsbury Town following their defeat in the League One playoffs last May, but he only lasted 15 league games.

The Tractor Boys struggled immediately and after seemingly losing the dressing room, Hurst was dismissed with the Suffolk side rooted to the foot of the Championship table.

Hurst made plenty of mistakes during his short reign at Portman Road, but among his biggest was leaving Jordan Roberts out in the cold – a player he signed in the summer on a two-year deal from Crawley Town.

3rd November 2018, Portman Road, Ipswich, England; EFL Championship football, Ipswich Town versus Preston North End; Chris Maxwell of Preston North End fouls Jordan Roberts of Ipswich Town...

Roberts made just two substitute appearances, totalling 23 minutes with his last game prior to Lambert’s arrival coming in the 2-0 defeat at Derby County back in August.

But following Lambert’s arrival, the 24-year-old was pushed upfront and started the game against Preston, with Skuse admitting his impressive performance earned the player a round of applause in the dressing room.

With Lambert keen to have a focal point upfront, Roberts is likely to feature more often for the Tractor Boys under his guidance and could prove a pivotal figure in the club’s bid for Championship survival.


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