Swans have never really filled the void created by Scotland’s departure. (©PAphotos)
by Abi Davies
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Heading to Ipswich for this weekend's fixture, Swansea will be looking to bounce back after suffering their second home defeat of the season last weekend at the hands of newly demoted side Portsmouth.
The Swans go into the game currently occupying third spot in the Championship knowing that victory against the Tractor Boys tomorrow lunchtime will see us go level on points with local rivals Cardiff - with the Bluebirds’ fixture against league struggler's Preston kicking off at 3pm.
Despite the Swans’ current rich vein of form there is still an overwhelming need for another top quality striker at the Liberty. With Stephen Dobbie seemingly out of favour, the majority of goals this season have come courtesy of summer signing Scott Sinclair, who has proven an exceptional talent since joining the Swansea ranks.
Ironic to this issue, the Welsh side could line up on Saturday against the striker that left them with this void up front in Jason Scotland, as it is since Scotland's departure two summers ago that the Swans front line has come under criticism. During his two seasons at the Liberty, the Trinidad and Tobago striker scored a remarkable 53 goals before leaving Wales to fulfil his Premier League ambition with Wigan Athletic.
Brendan Rodgers’ options in attack are limited until the transfer window opens in January. With only three first team strikers available for the trip to Ipswich, Rodgers may opt to stick with Craig Beattie after the Scot netted for the first time this season against Portsmouth.
Coming up against a defence that have been leaking many goals of late, Rodgers may want to test out new loan signing Jermaine Easter at Portman Road. Yet to score a league goal this term, the Welsh international joined the Swans a week ago from League One side MK Dons and will be looking to make an instant impact in the Championship.
Garry Monk's return at the back should see Swansea regain some stability in defence after a number of absentees and changes to our familiar back line over recent weeks.
Roy Keane's Ipswich will go into the game also looking to regain some form after four consecutive league defeats. However Wednesday night’s home Carling Cup victory should revive some optimism for the home side.
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