IPSWICH Town's start to the season has been the stuff of dreams for Blues fans.

The groundswell of optimism has been a perfect, timely antidote for those scarred by last season's horrors.

There have been positives aplenty but which, aside from results, ranks as the biggest plus so far?

For me, it's been the signing, emergence and extraordinary, explosive form of Kane Vincent-Young.

Even though he only joined a couple of months ago, I'd already mention him in the same breath as two dependable right-backs from yesteryear, Fabian Wilnis and David Wright.

It's been a problematic area for too long but, in Vincent-Young, Town have a player who has already made it his own (I just hope he isn't poached in January, as per the whispers last weekend).

First and foremost, he looks defensively sound but perhaps his biggest strength, especially in his current wing-back role, is what he offers offensively.

As Paul Lambert said in last week's programme notes, he gives the team "another dimension" down the right-hand side and that has been underlined and rubber-stamped by his recent goals against Gillingham and Tranmere.

He's an electric, exciting wide man and I can't remember the last time the club had a right-sided full-back in that mould.

Even Wilnis and Wright, two favourites from recent years, didn't have those skills in their locker.

They were more defensive-minded and it was a role both performed admirably.

However, Vincent-Young is a different proposition and Town, who make their first-ever trip to Fleetwood Town on Saturday, are also lucky to have a similarly talented full-back/wing-back on the opposite flank in Everton loanee Luke Garbutt.

The Blues have been blessed with some dashing left-backs in the last two decades.

Jamie Clapham and Hermann Hreidarsson spring to mind; then more recently Aaron Cresswell and Tyrone Mings.

Now Garbutt has the potential to be remembered with similar fondness, especially if he keeps popping up with goals like his sublime free-kick against Tranmere.

For so many reasons, these are exciting times Town.

But, for me, Vincent-Young's direct, dynamic performances have been the icing on the cake. A truly excellent addition.