Elkan Baggott, the specialist appearing in the English League Cup. That’s what is etched in the minds of Ipswich Town fans / Photo: Instagram ELKAN BAGGOTT (@elkanbaggott)
Elkan Baggott, the specialist appearing in the English League Cup. That’s what is etched in the minds of Ipswich Town fans. To date, the Indonesian national team defender has played three times with the club nicknamed The Tractor Boys in the Carabao Cup this season.
Most recently, Elkan Baggott even played the full game with Ipswich Town when they destroyed Wolves with a score of 3-2 in the third round of the 2023/2024 English League Cup at Portman Road Stadium, Wednesday (27/9/2023) early morning WIB.
In the third round match, The Tractor Boys had to trail 0-2 through goals scored by Hwang Hee-chan (4′) and Tote Gomes (15′). However, before halftime, Ipswich Town managed to equalize through goals scored by Omari Hutchinson (28′) and Freddie Ladapo (39′).
Ipswich Town’s victory was finally determined by Jack Taylor’s goal in the 58th minute. One interesting thing was Kieran McKenna’s decision to use Baggott to play the full game. However, the coach has not given the 20 year old defender the opportunity to play in the Championship or the second tier of the Premier League.
Here are 2 reasons why Elkan Baggot always plays full time in the English League Cup
Elkan Baggott managed to maintain his position at Ipswich Town for the 2023/2024 season, after rumors he would be loaned out. However, he did not get playing minutes in the Championship until the eighth week.
Meanwhile, Elkan Baggott was only given the opportunity to appear with Ipswich Town in the English League Cup. So far, he has played 270 minutes in three matches, or to be precise, he has always played since the early minutes.
It is not without reason that Elkan Baggott was only given the opportunity to play in the English League Cup. The reason is that the tight competition and lack of experience mean that he has not had the opportunity to appear in the Championship.
Kieran McKenna prefers Elkan Baggott to play in the English League Cup to give him more flying hours, because he has the opportunity to face teams from the Premier League or English Premier League. It is very likely that Elkan Baggott will soon get the opportunity to play in the Championship provided he can prove he is worthy.
2. Team Needs
After promotion from League One for the 2022/2023 season, Ipswich Town moved quickly to improve the team so they could be promoted to the English Premier League. Currently, The Tractor Boys have six central defenders, namely Axel Tuanzebe, Luke Woolfenden, Cameron Burgess, George Edmundson, Janoi Donacien and Elkan Baggott.
Luke Woolfenden and Cameron Burgess are Ipswich Town’s mainstays to guard the defense, because both of them have played eight matches in the Championship this season. This is also the reason why Elkan Baggott has not had the opportunity to play.
However, Elkan Baggott still has the opportunity to appear in the Championship. This could happen if Ipswich Town needed the services of Elkan Baggott if one of Luke Woolfenden or Cameron Burgess was absent and unable to play.