Closer Look – Jack Collison & Owen Garvan; The answer to ITFC’s CM woes?

I tweeted earlier today regarding Jack Collison – the free agent who’s been training with us, with Mick not giving any level of commitment to the midfielder. Given the frustratingly dull display against our local rivals, Town fans are screaming for some creativity in the middle of the park – with someone more accustomed to the nature of the league than the (in my eyes) woefully average Kevin Bru. Owen Garvan, the ex-Ipswich trainee and FA Youth Cup winner has also been mentioned, going way back to before the Welsh maestro Jonny Williams was signed.

Collison burst onto the scene as a very highly rated youngster through West Ham’s academy, representing Wales at full senior level aged just 18. His career has stalled due to a few injury concerns, but following loan spells at Bournemouth followed by Wigan last term (including a saved penalty against Arsenal at Wembley) the time seems right for Collison to make up for the lost years.

Garvan spent the second half of last season on loan at Millwall, helping them, under Ian Holloway, successfully battle against relegation. Given the turmoil currently surrounding Crystal Palace, it is unknown whether he is available to move on – however, it must be noted that he was instrumental in the middle of the park in their promotion season, playing in a 5-man midfield. Often seen as slow on the ball, he has no doubt got an eye for a pass and knows the surroundings at ITFC well.

Below this post I’ve screen dumped a passing comparison of Skuse, Tabb, Hyam, Green, Tunnicliffe & Williams with Jack Collison and Owen Garvan’s seasons to compare. I’ve also included some dummies at the bottom – these are the ‘average’ midfielder for TransferMarkt’s definition of what each play is – so Skuse is a DM, Garvan is listed as CAM etc. Essentially, these have averaged the ‘significant’ players in the division (played more than 828 mins – a fifth of the season) and created what an average Championship midfielder looked like last season. I have the same for all positions bar GK – more on that later.

Statistically, Collison and Garvan have what ITFC lack – neither scored goals last term, but both got assists (1 for Collison, 2 for Garvan – ITFC were as follows Skuse 3, Tunnicliffe 2, Green/Williams 1, Tabb/Hyam, 0) – Not quite Cresswell levels of assistance, but not awful given the time that they both played – roughly 13 appearances each. The key here for me is first the Key Passes per 90, but also the pass completion. Town are amongst the *worst* for pass completion (potential argument for hoof-ball) and these two can bring that to the club.

If they’re willing and it’s affordable, I’d sign them up in an instant. It’s an improvement on the players we have, and on Wordsworth but it’s a case whether they fit in Mick’s plans. I’d love to see a five man midfield with energy on the wings – stamina and concentration is key in a 5 man midfield – doesn’t always work, as QPR and United are showing.

Anyway, I hope this is of some use and if you have any questions/discussion tweet me, @Scribblr_42

 

Player(s)

Position

Club

Age

Apps

Minutes

Total Passes

Comp Pass

Key Pass

Pass p90

KPp90

Pass Comp

Assists/KP

IntP90

DAp90

Cole Skuse

DM

Ipswich Town

28

43

3714

1838

1446

32

44.540

0.775

78.7%

0.094

2.060

4.265

Jack Collison

CM

Bournemouth/Wigan

25

13

916

452

379

12

44.410

1.179

83.8%

0.083

1.081

2.358

Jay Tabb

CM

Ipswich Town

30

28

1358

497

370

15

32.938

0.994

74.4%

0.000

1.193

2.187

Jonathan Williams

Attacking Midfield

Ipswich Town

20

12

868

336

262

21

34.839

2.177

78.0%

0.048

0.726

1.244

Luke Hyam

CM

Ipswich Town

22

35

2786

1290

1015

25

41.673

0.808

78.7%

0.000

0.937

2.649

Owen Garvan

CAM

Millwall FC

26

13

1093

481

399

24

39.607

1.976

83.0%

0.083

1.400

2.553

Paul Green

CM

Leeds/Ipswich

31

23

1239

280

215

12

20.339

0.872

76.8%

0.083

0.872

1.671

Ryan Tunnicliffe

CM

Ipswich/Wigan

21

32

2384

875

677

20

33.033

0.755

77.4%

0.100

0.944

2.303

Average Midfielder

DM

 

27.6

29.8

2332.9

1108.6

878.8

17.8

43.0

0.7

78.9%

0.1

1.7

4.1

Average Midfielder

CM

 

26.0

29.8

2235.3

1084.5

863.9

25.0

43.105

0.976

78.9%

0.102

1.489

3.502

Average Midfielder

CAM

 

26.2

24.1

1615.4

701.2

556.6

27.8

39.3

1.6

79.1%

0.1

0.9

2.0

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