Ipswich Town defender Luke Woolfenden has admitted that he is flattered to be linked with a whole host of ‘big clubs’ such as Leeds United and Crystal Palace, speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times.
It has been another season of crisis and catastrophe at Portman Road, with an Ipswich side who started the campaign as League One promotion favourites finishing a dismal eleventh in the third tier.
But at least the performances of academy graduates like Woolfenden and Flynn Downes (otherwise known as ‘Flynedine Zidownes’) have given this put-upon fanbase something to smile about.
With the Tractor Boys stalling in the lower leagues, however, it remains to be seen how much longer a highly-rated 21-year-old centre-back stays at his hometown club.
And, during a wide-ranging and eye-opening interview, the ball-playing ball-winner has admitted that he is proud to catch the eye of teams higher up the Football League pyramid.
“It’s obviously nice to see you’re linked with big clubs,” Woolfenden says. “But you’ve got to keep playing really. I wouldn’t say it’s really bothered me.”
Woolfenden has been one of the first names on Ipswich’s team sheet since Paul Lambert took over.
The former Aston Villa and Norwich City boss even suggested earlier in 2020 that a player with his technique and potential should be worth up to £10 million in this market (EADT).
And given that Woolfenden has famed for his ability to carry the ball out from the back, taking to a Sheffield United-inspired ‘overlapping centre-half’ role like a duck to water, you can see why Leeds like him.