Last season was a big step forward for Jordan Shipley at a crucial phase in his career. Having firmly established himself as a useful squad member, last year was his chance to seize a starting spot in the side. Only two midfielders – Liam Kelly and Liam Walsh – played more minutes than Shipley last year, only one player – Matt Godden – contributed a higher number of combined goals and assists. By any measure, last season was a massive success for Jordan Shipley, having played just as a big a role as any in our midfield in helping us to the league title.
However, having ended the campaign out of the side, the first task for Jordan Shipley this season will be getting back in it. Having initially benefited from the switch to the 3-6-1 system last year, handed the freedom to play closer to goal and demonstrating an intelligence in his game in knowing when to drop deep to link play and when to burst forward past the centre-forward, Shipley eventually saw the more quicker and more direct Jamie Allen and Callum O’Hare move ahead of him in the starting line-up. It is probably an indication that Shipley’s longer-term future as a midfielder is in a deeper-lying role, rather than playing in behind the striker.The biggest area for improvement in Jordan Shipley’s game heading into this campaign is in sustaining performance levels over 90 minutes. While Shipley has shown he can step up with telling individual moments in games, he can be prone to sloppy spells that will be punished when playing at a higher-level. That said, it would be typical of Jordan Shipley to make another step up this season and find a role for himself in the starting line-up at Championship level.