If you told me that our season was going to be scrapped on the 7th March, following our 1-0 home defeat to Coventry City, I would have been grateful. We were coming off four consecutive losses and a record of one win in the last nine games. A paltry four points from an available 27. If we had turned a few of those defeats into victories, we could have been playing play off football a week or so ago. Filling the football hole with a number of Premier League matches - played against an eerie backdrop of piped-in sounds and numerous substitutions more befitting of a pre-season friendly – has not been the same. However, I have admittedly missed watching our Town. Or should that be missing the wider match-day experience of speculation around starting line-ups, beers in cramped pubs, and debates on here around our most recent capitulation? Needless to say, I hope that lockdown has treated us all well and that we’re all healthy and still (for us - relatively) sane. Over the last few months, we’ve been treated to a drip feed news cycle of cautious words from figures at the club regarding the club’s future and an unnecessarily protracted solution to refunding loyal season ticket holders’ money. With the squad numbers released lately, Wycombe promoted, and players apparently preparing to go back into training ahead of a proposed League One restart date in late August, early September, I thought it’s high time to get back to doing what we do best on here – arguing amongst ourselves about our football club. With the wage bill being pruned and speculation around who will stay and who will go, how does our squad currently look on paper? How confident are you of us getting promoted next season, in a campaign where we might not be able to attend games for a majority of the season? Here’s my view on the squad’s strength, as of now: Goalkeepers Following the end of the erratic Will Norris’ loan spell at the club, the goalkeeper position looks like Tomas Holy’s to lose. Holy was arguably the biggest victim of Paul Lambert’s decision to chop and change the starting line-up week after week. Showing glimpses of promise and a decent shot-stopping ability, Holy might be able to make the position his own this season. He does have Richard Wright’s son, Harry Wright, as the designated deputy. Holy appears competent and solid at this level, but with Northampton Town’s David Cornell linked with the club (again) following his decision not to renew his contract with promoted Northampton, could we see a more dependable goalkeeper between the posts ahead of the new campaign? Defence The defensive positions have the starkest contrast between our strengths and weaknesses – half good, half bad. In Luke Wolfenden (who recently signed a new contract) and Kane Vincent-Young, we arguably have one of the most talented centre-backs in the division and a right-back who impressed during his spell in the first team - before his injury coincided with our slump in form. These two players will be key to any success and progress we make next season. Unfortunately, with Luke Garbutt departing, we are short of options and quality at left-back. Myles Kenlock – who has struggled over the past two seasons - looks pencilled in as the current first team starter. Tristan Nydam, who has failed to push on from his initial breakthrough under Mick McCarthy, looks set to be our deputy left-back. Bailey Clements may also feature. The choices for our second centre-back position are made up of players who all put in indifferent performances last season, before their form plummeted. Give a warm round of applause for slow James Wilson, the slower Luke Chambers, and the downright unreliable Toto Nsiala. Recruitment for a new starting left back and centre back will be key decisions that the club needs to get right. Midfield I presume Lambert will want to set us up in a 4-3-3 formation and, on first glance, his options in centre midfield appear plentiful and strong. Flynn Downes will most likely be sold at some point this summer, but he remains the best player in our squad and will be crucial for a promotion push next season, if he stays. Other central midfield options include long-time servant Cole Skuse (rewarded with a one year, plus additional year contract, despite his declining influence), the sedate Jon Nolan, injury prone Emyr Huws, and the frustrating talent of Andre Dozzell. For attacking midfield options, we have the exciting talent of Teddy Bishop (if he can stay fit), Alan Judge – who failed to consistently impress last season – and the emerging, yet untested, Idris El Mizouni. While strong on paper, the goal threat from these players makes for some concerning reading. Between them, there are 590 league appearances, but only 19 goals. A potential replacement for Downes, in a box-to-box midfield role – or somebody with a better goal threat – will be another decision the club will have to make, unless Lambert believes he can make do with what he’s got. Attack Whether we go for a 4-3-3 or a 4-4-2, whatever the formation, all promotion-achieving clubs rely upon a strong stable of goalscorers. We have some quality and youthful players with strong potential in the wings. Gwion Edwards, Jack Lankester, and Armando Dobra are a trio of players that can hopefully push on next season. Edwards, a stand-out talent at League One level a couple of years ago with Peterborough, can hopefully recapture that form for us, which we’ve only really witnessed in sporadic glimpses last season. Lankester, a player who impressed in our relegation campaign from the Championship, missed out on the trials and tribulations last season and can hopefully serve as a new signing. Dobra is also a player who may develop into a first team regular. We also have Freddie Sears as a potential wide option, although he frequently struggled in the role during our Championship years – with a bit of luck, a fresh pre-season and a lower calibre of opposition will rekindle some of his exciting attacking form from four or five years ago. Sears, however, remains a player arguably too tied into the McCarthy years and has possibly ‘overstayed’ his Ipswich years, similar to Chambers and Skuse. In the centre forward position, Kayden Jackson had a good season and should be able to score more goals in the new season. His pace is an undeniable asset, but elements of his game – such as holding the ball up – still requires a lot of work. James Norwood is something of a cult figure among the fanbase, but he also needs to show that he can be a reliable goalscorer this season and hopefully overcome the fitness and form issues that plagued his promising start. Formation My starting eleven from this current squad would look something like this: GK:Holy RB: KVY CB: Wilson CB: Wolfenden LB: Kenlock CM: Downes CM: Huws AM: Bishop RW: Lankester LW: Edwards ST: Jackson What do you guys think? And where do we need strengthening this summer?