City travel to Essex on Tuesday to take on Colchester United, in a bid to extend the unbeaten run to 21.
Ahead of the game, we pick out a couple of U’s the City defence may have to keep an eye on, if they’re going to leave Colchester with all three points.
Topping the scoring charts for the U’s this season, experienced striker Freddie Sears leads the line. With six goals to his name so far, Sears is rolling back the years which saw him become a household name for Ipswich Town.
The natural goal scorer began his career at West Ham where he was prolific in the Hammers’ youth set-up. He scored two goals for the senior side before being loaned out to a host of clubs, including Colchester.
His first spell in Essex led to the U’s signing him on a permanent contract in 2012. Championship Ipswich Town soon came calling and the striker made over 200 appearences at Portman Road before the winds brought the 31-year-old back to Colchester in the summer.
Returning to the Jobserve Community Stadium from Plymouth Argyle, Frank Nouble is a cult hero in Essex. His form at Colchester earned him a marquee move to the Pilgrims but after only one goal, that being on his debut against QPR, Nouble fell out of favour at Home Park and returned to the South East.
The Chelsea youth Graduate signed for West Ham in 2009 and in four years had a heap of loan spells at West Brom; Swindon; Swansea; Barnsley (x2); Charlton; and Gillingham, only earning thirteen games for his Upton Park parent club.
Wolves were next in line for the former England U-19 international, this time permanent, before settling as a fan-favourite for Ipswich Town between 2013-15. Eight more clubs in the next five years has kept Nouble on the move though everywhere he’s been he’s chipped in goals and assists, though is yet to get off the mark this term.
On loan from Fulham this season, Jasper has immediately made his mark at the JobServe Community Stadium. The exciting winger has pitched in a couple of strikes already and looks a constant threat on the ball.
He has three appearences for his parent club but is finding his feet in senior football at United. Jasper has already mustered a couple of Bulgarian U21 caps, qualifying from his mother. One tipped for the future, Tuesday night offers the youngster another chance to shine.