Ipswich Town fans have been vocal, both in support and scepticism, after the south east club confirmed the signing of striker Martyn Waghorn on a two-year-deal on Monday from Glasgow Rangers, taking their summer business up to three.
The 27-year-old joined the Tractor Boys for an undisclosed fee from the Scottish outfit after an indifferent season at the Ibrox Stadium, with the Englishman netting only nine times in 35 appearances in all competitions in 2016-17.
The frontman fell out of favour within the Light Blues ranks after former boss Mark Warburton was replaced by Portuguese coach Pedro Caixinha, with the South Shields-born attacker struggling to lay claim to a regular starting spot.
However, Waghorn will now be hoping he is able to start afresh with new club Ipswich, and could be thrown straight into the Championship side’s squad ahead of the Norfolk club’s trip to big weekend winners Luton Town in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
The talisman continuously split opinion during his time at Rangers, with the striker seen as imperative during the Glasgow giants’ rise from the Scottish Championship in 2016.
However, a much smaller return last time around left question marks over the former Sunderland, Leicester City and Wigan Athletic man’s ability at a higher level, something that was also highlighted throughout the 27-year-old’s spells in the second-tier of English football previously.
After signing Waghorn will be keen to emulate the initial success of new and former teammate Joe Garner, who also made the move south of the border this summer and netted the only goal of the game on his competitive debut during his new side’s 1-0 win over Birmingham City on Saturday.
Following the confirmation Ipswich fans’ reaction on Twitter was split in regards to their new man, with some claiming the two combined again should be a cause for concern to the opposition, whereas others hold little confidence of the former England Under-21 international’s ability at this level.
Here are some of the best tweets:
All the best Waggy!
— Rangers Culture (@RangersCulture) August 7, 2017
So happy waghorn is gone
— Josh McLennan (@joshmclennan97) August 7, 2017
Waghorn. Another welcome addition. Had some peaks and troughs but another attacking option. Nice to see some investment #ITFC
— Mark Beck (@MB_Ktubes) August 7, 2017
Rangers fans seem to be happy they got Â£1m for Waghorn. That's never a good sign. Hope they're proved wrong. #ITFC
— Oi, Mario, pipe down (@JohnSlaterITFC) August 7, 2017
Waghorn is a poor signing btw #ITFC fans…
— jordan godbold (@j0rdanGxx) August 7, 2017
About time you was back playing in England. Maryn Waghorn is a blue….âš½ï¸âš½ï¸
— martin moreland. (@moreland79) August 7, 2017
Not sure Martyn Waghorn is the answer to all our goalscoring problems but happy to have him on board. #itfc
— Nick Chenery (@nickdougchenery) August 7, 2017
Great signing! Still haven't quite got over earlier headline of bid accepted for Waghorn. ðŸ‘#itfc
— Mary McCourt (@mjcben148) August 7, 2017
— Sam Scargill (@samscargill22) August 7, 2017
Not sure about waghorn. Hope he proves me and the other doubters wrong. No.9 shirt has to give him some confidence already though #itfc
— Brad (@brad_archer94) August 7, 2017
Ipswich spent a total of Â£2 mill on Garner and Waghorn who got 7 goals between them last year in the SPL
— Big Woke Smoke (@Mick_Kraut) August 7, 2017
Could be a clever signing in Waghorn. Suited to Mick's style for sure. Hope he irons out his goal scoring record in Champ though #itfc
— Flan x (@Flannn98) August 7, 2017
I think 2 more through the door now and our squad will be looking decent. Waghorn and Garner will be a menacing front 2.. #ITFC
— Harrison (@HarrisonITFC) August 7, 2017
Waghorn is a bloody good signing tbf. In terms of ability/suiting our system him and garner are an upgrade on best, Moore and pitman #itfc
— Edward Banthorp (@BigEdBanthorp) August 7, 2017
Mick McCarthy wont see the season out with a front two of Garner and Waghorn. #itfc
— paul severin (@seve13) August 7, 2017
I'd like to see Garner and Waghorn tear up the Championship this year. Cant fault their workrate.
— JJ Bird ðŸ´ (@JJBRD_21) August 7, 2017