According to one former City icon, the Imps newest signing, former Ipswich man Ted Bishop, could be better than Jorge Grant.
Jimmy Walker has worked alongside Bishop during his time at Ipswich, and the popular keeper coach believes he has the potential to be better than Grant. Walker had left Sincil bank before we signed Jorge, but he was a likeable figure around the place during our promotion season and has worked for some top clubs too.
He should know a decent player when he sees one, and in a Twitter exchange, he claimed that 25-year-old Bishop could be better than our talisman from last season. “Big statement, I know, but.. with a bit of love…cud easily be better,” said Walker, before adding these two emojis that I didn’t realise I could put on a blog (don’t worry, it’s not the start of a trend).
Is Walker right? He should know Bishop’s potential, that’s for sure, but it is a bold statement to make. Grant was exceptional for us last season, a real driving force in terms of creativity. His goals tally was boosted by penalties, that is true, but Bishop’s stats from the last couple of seasons don’t measure up. However, he has suffered injury hell during his career, and last time out, he looked strong in the opening half of the season. Remember, this was an Ipswich side in disarray and struggling under Paul Lambert, yet Bishop notched four goals. For the record, Grant scored four from open play, with one more coming after a missed penalty.
I’m not saying Ted Bishop is going to emulate Jorge Grant, but I am happy to hear a respected professional suggesting he has the ability to do o. If he stays injury-free, then there’s no reason why he won’t thrive under Michael’s management, and who knows, maybe Peterborough will want to buy him from us in a year or two like they always seem to when one of our midfielders gets recognition.