Ipswich’s formidable attacking quartet has continued their rich vein of form from last season with sterling performances to kickstart their campaign.

Nathan Broadhead and Conor Chaplin have already scored twice while strikers George Hirst and Kayden Jackson have got their firsts of the season.

Wes Burns, meanwhile, has been a reliable asset on the right-hand side of the attack while a front three of Freddie Ladapo, Omari Hutchinson and Cameron Humphreys saw off Reading via penalties in the EFL Cup.

A loan move for Tottenham forward Dane Scarlett, according to Charlie Eccleshare of the Athletic, would leave a competitive frontline for Gelhardt to break in to but would certainly be a valued addition in his own right.

Would Gelhardt be a good signing for Ipswich?

Kieran McKenna will actively be looking for signings ahead of the Championship season
Kieran McKenna will actively be looking for signings ahead of the Championship season

While the depth of attacking quality does lead to the question of why would Gelhardt be a good fit for Ipswich Town, his style of play and characteristics certainly answers that.

Accustomed to the high-pressing philosophy of Marcelo Bielsa and the way of Leeds United in recent times, the former Wigan man would suit McKenna’s style of play effectively, hunting the ball from the front and ultimately being a nuisance for Championship defenders.

A striker by trade, Gelhardt tends to play his best football just off the frontman, a similar role to where he has been deployed for Leeds so far this season, rather than leading the line on his own.

While the trio of Chaplin, Burns and Broadhead has been effective, it is crucial that quality of depth is available throughout for a gruelling 46-game campaign.

A chance to play in a young, driven attacking lineup where he could be a cog in the machine rather than all pressure on his shoulders would likely do the 21-year-old the world of good for his development.

A chance to flourish in a team on the off while being involved in a competitive setup in a side guaranteed to score goals at will this season would be a vital experience, even if minutes are not guaranteed. A player who has shone at youth level as a prolific goalscorer, now is a second chance to show his worth in the second tier where a challenging campaign awaits, whether it be for Leeds or Ipswich.