Ipswich Town reportedly eye deal to bring in Norwich City's Ben Marshall

Ben Marshall of Blackburn Rovers celebrates after scoring their third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United at Ewood Park on September 17,...

Ipswich Town have been linked with Norwich City’s Ben Marshall.

Paul Lambert manager of Ipswich Town looks on during the Sky Bet Championship between Stoke City and Ipswich Town at Bet365 Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

According to a report in The Sun (paper edition page 59; 16/12), Ipswich Town are seeking a loan deal for Norwich City’s Ben Marshall, as they bid to strengthen their squad during the January transfer window.

Marshall only joined Norwich from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer, signing a four-year deal, but so far he has managed just four Championship starts - with his last appearance coming back in August.

The 27-year-old is capable of playing in a wide midfield role or at right-back, but Norwich have several options with youngster Max Aarons a regular first-teamer, while ex-captain Ivo Pinto providing adequate backup.

 

Ipswich, on the other hand, are desperate for a new fullback in January, as they alternate between Jordan Spence and Janoi Donacien – two players who have struggled at Championship level following stints in the lower leagues.

The Tractor Boys are currently bottom of the league and recorded only their second win of the campaign at the weekend, as beating Wigan Athletic 1-0 – a result which takes them within five points of safety.

Ipswich boss Paul Lambert knows Norwich’s Marshall well during his time at Blackburn Rovers and later signing him during his short spell at Wolves.

Wes Hoolahan of Norwich and Ben Marshall of Blackburn Rovers in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Norwich City at Ewood park on August 6, 2016 in...

Lambert wants to get his Ipswich side playing on the front foot, and during his most successful years at Norwich – guiding the Canaries to promotion to the Premier League – he utilised attacking fullbacks pushing forward.

Ipswich, however, don’t have the personnel to play this way, with left-back Jonas Knudsen another player who appears reluctant to surge forward. Marshall, 27, once scored six goals and made seven assists in 37 league games in the 2014/15 campaign at Blackburn, so he clearly has the ability to make a difference when entering the final third.

Norwich City's Ben Marshall gets away from Preston North End's Alan Browne during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Preston North End at Carrow Road on August 22,...

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