Eight’s not great – Jewell could target FOUR more
IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell could still add another FOUR players to his squad following Tuesday night’s horror show against Southampton – though he concedes it might have to be a case of making do for the next two games.
Despite having made eight signings already this summer, the Liverpudlian is clearly unhappy with what he’s got, having started the season with three successive home defeats.
The Blues boss rued that there is a worrying lack of pace in his team following the humbling 5-2 midweek defeat at Portman Road, says the quiet characters in his dressing room play with fear on home turf, has constantly admitted that his defence is desperately thin on the ground, and insists he still does not have the personnel to play his favoured 4-4-2 formation.
Indeed, the Suffolk side ended up with square pegs in round holes for much of the Tuesday night debacle, with Grant Leadbitter and Aaron Cresswell playing as unorthodox widemen.
A centre-back, a young playmaker, a pacy winger and a target man-striker could therefore all still be feasibly on the shopping list then, with loan signings still an option after the transfer window shuts in just under two weeks’ time.
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“I hope to have at least one before the weekend but time’s ticking,” said Jewell, whose side travel to Peterborough on Saturday for a tea-time Sky Sports televised match (5.20pm) before hosting Leeds the following weekend.
“We are really desperately trying to get players in, but we’re all going for the same ones. Premier League teams are just seeing the transfer window out before they decide who they might loan out.
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“We might have to bite the bullet for a couple of weeks.
“Not that we want to, we just might have to.”