Walsall target attack-minded players in window

Walsall are continuing their search for attack-minded players as they approach the half-way stage of the January transfer window.

Darrell Clarke.
Darrell Clarke.

The Saddlers are yet to make any signings this month, with the coronavirus pandemic meaning many clubs in the fourth tier have limited resources.

Despite that difficulty, several teams have already bolstered their squads.

Walsall are in need of more attacking options after Rory Holden was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury and Jake Scrimshaw, on-loan from Bournemouth, departed the club in favour of a temporary spell at League Two rivals Newport County.

Manager Darrell Clarke has already outlined that, due to the financial situation, he will most likely be targeting more free loans this month, after Scrimshaw and Adan George, from Birmingham, were snapped up in October.

If the club is relying on the parent club paying the loanee’s wages, it is more likely that Walsall will sign young players of a similar calibre to Scrimshaw.

With Elijah Adebayo, Caolan Lavery and a fully-fit Josh Gordon the options up front, the Saddlers are hoping to replace the injured Holden this month.

Clarke has already expressed his desire to bring in a player of similar ‘ilk’ to the 23-year-old, who possesses the creativity to unlock defences from attacking midfield.

Another important task in this window was to sign up the team’s important players to new deals, with many of them out of contract in the summer.

Liam Kinsella and Alfie Bates have already signed new terms until 2023, an important step towards keeping the majority of the squad together.

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