The man most likely to dent a solid Fulham start will stay on the Ipswich bench - hopefully.
Manager Felix Magath might want to keep an eye on the seated David McGoldrick for signs of his warm-up as the Whites tackle their first Championship campaign in 13 years on Saturday evening.
The Ipswich striker scored 16 goals before his season was ended by a cruciate knee ligament injury in mid-February, and he's still ring rusty.
But in a side with no outright stars, reporter Stuart Watson from the East Anglian Daily Times suggests the main man will most certainly stay on the touchline.
“When Mick McCarthy took over 20 odd months ago, the side were bottom and there was an apathy around the place,” he said.
“He saved them from relegation that season and saw them to a solid ninth in the last one, despite financial constraints.
“Picking out two other major players is tough, because Ipswich are very much the sum of their parts.”
However, Watson believes centre back Christophe Berra has what it takes to stop Fulham’s £11m striker Ross McCormack.
And even if he gets past the defender fetched from Wolves by their former boss after he joined Ipswich, keeper Dean Gerken has risen in stature since he joined the Tractor Boys from Bristol City a year ago.
Watson explained: “He came as a second choice, but worked his way into the team, and now wants to remain number one despite the challenge presented by Bartosz Bialkowski.”
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