Position: Central Midfielder/Wide Midfielder
Age: 21 *
At Club Since: N/A (Academy Product)
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 43(4) *
After quietly slotting into the first-team picture last season, Jordan Shipley stepped up to the plate with some goalscoring performances in the final few games to demonstrate his comfortability and confidence as a first-teamer. That Shipley has done so ahead of not only more experienced and proven wide players in the squad, but playing out of his natural position of central midfield, is a credit to his desire and versatility as a footballer, as well as his technical ability – particularly when it comes to set-pieces.
As a wide player, Shipley offers the ability on the ball to keep attacking play moving, along with the occasional cross or run into the box, while he also helps protect his full-back by keeping the defensive shape of the side. In the handful of games in central midfield he’s played, Shipley looks like someone he has a range of passing but possibly lacks the physical presence not to be bullied off the ball. Where his longer-term future lays in midfield remains to be seen, but Jordan Shipley will probably head into the season as the first-choice left-sided midfielder and could possibly be someone to move into the centre once Michael Doyle steps back from first-team football.
*As of 23/10/2018