Position: Central Midfielder/Wide Midfielder
Age: 21 *
At Club Since: N/A (Academy Product)
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 50(4) *
Having made huge strides last season from being a player barely considered to be part of the first-team squad to an important cog in a promotion-winning side, this subsequent campaign has been tougher for Jordan Shipley. The step up in a division appears to have challenged Shipley, perhaps more because his role in the team to provide stability on the left of midfield has become less important due to Luke Thomas’ work-rate on the right of midfield than the actual quality of the division but Shipley has struggled to impose himself on games this season. Nonetheless, Shipley has managed to keep himself in the first-team picture but could find himself under more pressure for his place depending on the signings we make in the January transfer window.
Shipley’s primary attributes are his positional sense and his ability to strike a ball. The latter was underlined by him becoming the team’s first-choice set-piece taker very early into his senior career, however it’s something we haven’t seen him do quite enough with, which saw him stripped of set-piece duties towards the end of last season. Being able to make better use of that quality is likely to define Shipley’s further development, because he could be a major attacking contributor if his composure and decision-making with that left foot of his improves in decisive areas of the pitch. While this might not be as blockbuster a season for Shipley as last year was, it should provide him with important learning experiences of what it takes to nail down a first-team place and impact games, if he learns those lessons he could be a really big player for us in years to come.
*As of 06/01/2019