Jon Nolan's Ipswich struggles suggests Leeds United got lucky

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches on during the first half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 11, 2019 in Leeds,...

Leeds United reportedly wanted to sign Jon Nolan from Shrewsbury Town before he joined Championship strugglers Ipswich Town.

Jon Nolan of Shrewsbury Town celebrates with his team mates after the Sky Bet League One Play Off Semi Final:Second Leg between Shrewsbury Town and Charlton Athletic at New Meadow on May...

Jon Nolan was arguably the star of the show as Shrewsbury Town came within a whisker of an unexpected promotion to the Championship last season. He scored nine goals in League One, firing a Shrews side that had narrowly avoided relegation 12 months earlier into the play-off final.

And The Mirror (19 May, page 47) reported that Nolan had played his way onto Leeds United’s wish-list.


Apparently, he was identified as the kind of dynamic goalscoring midfielder that could take Leeds to the next level. By the time the summer transfer window slammed shut, Nolan was playing Championship football – but with Ipswich Town instead.

And his form at Portman Road suggests that a move to Elland Road might not have been the best idea.

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

Apparently a player capable of scoring goals at a reliable rate from midfield, the former Everton youngster has scored just twice in 20 league games for an Ipswich side who are nailed to the bottom of the Championship and looking like relegation certainties.

Nolan has actually scored fewer goals than Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper, Leeds’ first-choice centre-backs, in 2018/19. The chances are, then, that he wasn’t the right man for a Leeds side with Premier League on the mind.

Jon Nolan of Shrewsbury Town celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-1 during the Sky Bet League One Play Off Semi Final:First Leg between Charlton Athletic and Shrewsbury Town at The...

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