Yeovil Town manager Chris Hargreaves has said he will be looking to add more attacking options to his squad up until he steps on to the coach to travel to Scunthorpe United on Friday.
The Glovers’ boss admitted it had “not quite clicked” for some of the club’s forward players during a pre-season which saw them score six goals in six friendlies – albeit four of them came in the behind-closed-doors game against Western League Premier Division Sherborne Town.
He added that he was looking for further “depth” in attacking positions suggesting that he sees strikers Malachi Linton and Alex Fisher as his first-choice pairing with any new arrivals being a back up alongside the likes of Ollie Hulbert.
The manager was speaking on Thursday afternoon before the announcement that Tom Knowles had been sold to League Two side Walsall for an “undisclosed fee”, read more on that – here.
Hargreaves said: “We are looking at depth really. The players we have got in are good players who offer different attributes, but we have got to add to it because we don’t want to be short.
“That’s what we are trying to do and it will continue up until I get on that coach (to Scunthorpe on Friday) and it will continue once we arrive back, but once we are on the coach we have to focus on what we have got and how we can effect the game.
“We will still be looking, but it is to add to the lads we already have, it is not instead of.”
Given when Knowles was announced by his new employers, there were posts of him wearing a Walsall shirt suggests the deal was signed, sealed and delivered (albeit not announced) when Hargreaves spoke to the media – which would suggest the “undisclosed fee” (is there ever any kind where Yeovil Town are concerned?) is not planned to be ploughed back in to attacking talent.
Hargreaves confirmed that Norwegian frontman Stanley Anaebonam, who was with League of Ireland side Shelbourne last season, was still someone being looked at but admitted that he could not have too many “projects.”
The 23-year-old has featured as a substitute in a number of the club’s pre-season friendlies most recently in the 1-0 win at Weston-super-Mare last weekend when he appeared alongside versatile Finley Craske, who signed on loan from Plymouth Argyle in the week.
Hargreaves said: “We have had a look at some trialists, Stanley being one of them. Some we haven’t committed to and some we have said we will monitor. It’s shown us how hungry some lads are for an opportunity, but there are only so many places and we have to strike a balance with ‘projects’ because we need some experience.
“That is at the moment where my mind is. We have Alex Fisher who is vastly experienced and has shown a massive appetite to play for this club, but we need a little bit more of his ilk.
“It may take another week or another couple of weeks, it sometimes doesn’t happen overnight but one thing is for certain, the boys that step on that coach to Scunthorpe on Friday I am very happy with.
“There are lads chomping at the bit. There’s only so many places on that bench, so I am not too worried about having a huge squad because we can’t get them all in, but we are looking for a little bit more experience.”
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