If reports are to be believed, Teddy Bishop has now chosen Lincoln City ahead of MK Dons.
Seven days ago, Football Insider believed he had opted to join MK Dons, with us set to miss out. Now, a reliable local media outlet has confirmed that is not the case – the MK Citizen suggesting talks have broken down. The East Anglian Daily Times suggest his destination is now LN5, Sincil Bank.
When the news first broke, Portsmouth hand newly-promoted Cambridge United linked, but it seems the patience of Micahel, Jez and the recruitment team has paid off. News of a new face is massive for the Imps, given how few we’ve seen through the door this season. Another big bonus is that Bishop will join us as a permanent signing, replacing Jorge Grant in terms of position.
That is where I see Bishop possibly playing were we to sign him – he is a central midfielder that usually operates on the right of a two-man midfield, but who can also play more advanced in the ten role. That’s where much of his Ipswich football has been played, the club he has spent his whole career with.
Bishop burst onto the scene with Ipswich in 2014/15, making his league debut in the Championship against Derby County. He played 36 times for them in all competitions that campaign, scoring once. Since then his progress has been hampered by injury, shin splints upsetting the 2015/16 campaign, ankle ligament damage ahead of the FA Cup games between the Tractor Boys and Us in 2016/17, and a ruptured hamstring Boxing Day 2017 the next season. In 2019/20, with the season curtailed early, he saw little action courtesy of a knee injury, playing just nine League One matches. Last season, he appeared 36 times for the Blues, scoring four goals. An injury also ended his England youth hopes, having been called up by the Under 19s but withdrawing without kicking a ball.
In total, Bishop has appeared 132 times for Ipswich, with 76 league starts, and scored five goals. Last season he appeared in a variety of positions for Ipswich, including left-wing, attacking midfield and in a more central role. He had a 12-month extension triggered in his contract at the end of last season, which means a nominal fee would be likely required for his services.
I remarked earlier to someone that he is a lot like James Jones in many respects: came through with one club and stayed there until he turns 24, but eventually sought pastures new. The difference is simply the levels, Jones left a League Two club to join us, whilst Bishop is seemingly set to leave a League One club. When Jones left Crewe fans weren’t pleased to see him go and many wished him ell – the same can be said for Bishop. In fact, many of their fans believed they should be keeping him, which is the mark of a decent player.