Written by Ollie Allen
Ipswich Town have finally announced the signings of Shrewsbury Town duo Jon Nolan and Toto Nsala for a combined 2 million pounds whilst Martyn Waghorn was earlier confirmed to have signed for Derby County.
The duo who are both 26, were an integral part of Salop’s success last year under current Town boss Paul Hurst and will offer quality depth to the midfield and defence.
Merseyside born Nolan started off as an Everton academy graduate but couldn’t quite break into their first team.
After non spectacular spells at Stockport County and Lincoln City, his first real break into the spotlight was when he was the midfielder maestro which helped lead Grimsby Town to promotion from the National League in 2016 as he picked up ‘Supporters Young Player of the Year’ in which he was managed by Paul Hurst.
After spending a season at then League 1 Chesterfield, Hurst reunited with Nolan at Shrewsbury Town.
After their stellar season in which they reached the League 1 Play Off Final, Nolan earned Salop’s player of the season award.
He’s a hardworking, box-to-box midfielder who has an eye for an assist and the odd wonder goal as proven when he scored a beauty against Charlton in the play-off semi-final.
With the midfielder coming in, I reckon Bishop and/or Nydam may be loaned out to get some regular game time.
The other signing is man mountain Toto Nsala who clocks in at a massive 6’4.
The pacey, strong defender has had a similar career path to Nolan due to his making in the Everton academy.
The Congolese centre half had the occasional spell in non-league football and even played in the Vietnamese first division! Similarly to Nolan, Nsala has played for Grimsby Town and Shrewsbury in which he proved himself to be a reliable option at the back.
With Webster going and Donacien proving last Saturday that he was a lot better at fullback, I believe this is a very smart move from Hurst. Woolfendondoes seem to be a solid option at the back but with his age and lack of experience, it would probably best that he plays a rotational role in the squad this season.
However, I believe another centre back is very necessary if we are to push up the table this season, so I expect Curtis Tilt’s transfer to hopefully be completed before the end of the transfer window.