Lambert: Need at least three in
Town boss Paul Lambert has spoken at today’s open day about the need for more reinforcements.
Town have a lengthy list of players who are in the treatment room, Toto Nsiala, Teddy Bishop, Jack Lankester and Tristan Nydam have all picked up injuries during pre-season. While Jon Nolan, Gwion Edwards, Alan Judge and Freddie Sears remain in the treatment room.
So far Lambert has only made three additions to the first team squad, Tomas Holy, Luke Garbutt and James Norwood, and Lambert believes he needs another three players in the door.
“We need, I think, at least three to come in,” said Lambert. “We’ve identified lads and now it’s over to (owner) Marcus (Evans) and (general manager of football operations) Lee (O’Neill) to try and get them in.
“The lads I’ve identified wouldn’t be loans. It’s over to the club now…”
With the start of the season less than 10 days away is Lambert hopeful of any incoming signings before the Burton opener: “I would hope so. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen and we’ll see what happens from there. But we need a wee bit of strengthening.”
Asked if he has been frustrated in the transfer window this summer, Lambert replied: “Things annoy me, yeah. But that’s part and parcel of football.
“As I’ve said before, it’s a brilliant football club, and has a terrific fan base behind it, but things perhaps aren’t going as quick as I would want them to go.”
“Things don’t exactly move massively quick, you know?” he said. “But listen, it’s a great club, with great support behind it. You’ve seen today that the club is starting to get a generation of support behind it again.
“That side of things – season tickets, the community trust – is going really, really well.
“Ultimately though the team is really important for everybody to bounce off of.
“We’ve identified guys. Whether they come or not I don’t know.
“We still need a bit of strengthening in certain areas.”
Town were linked with Birmingham City right-back Joshua Dacres-Cogley, with Lambert saying: “Dear oh dear, we’ve had loads of people thrown at us – not just right-backs, loads of guys.
“I’m only involved a little bit in identifying who I think can help us, the rest is over to Marcus (Evans) and Lee (O’Neill).”
Town currently have centre-back duo James Wilson and Jon Guthrie on trial, on the pair Lambert said: “The two have done well. James has been here a bit longer. We need to get a centre-half in – whether it’s one of the lads here or someone else.”
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