Back Up For Banton
JOHN Sheridan aims to move quickly to fill the void left by Gozie Ugwu’s return to Reading.The Premier League side’s decision to recall their 19-year-old Argyle striker leaves the Argyle manager with scope to bring in another loan player, although maybe not before Tuesday night’s home game against Capital One Cup finalists Bradford City.
“Reading are [Gozie]’s club,” said John, yesterday. “He’s not featuring as much as they would have liked, and I would have liked him to be more involved – obviously his injury was a big setback for him.
“Instead of him being sat on the bench for us, he can get games in their Under-21s. It enables us to bring another body in.
“I’ll definitely be bringing a player in. I don’t think it will be tomorrow, but it will be as soon as I can. It’ll be an attack-minded player.”
What sort of attack-minded player depends on how John sees the future contribution of another loan player, Crystal Palace’s Jason Banton, who has netted four goals in seven games from the left side of midfield.
John said: “Do I move him? Play him up front? Do I give him a free role? Or do I bring someone in who’s going to fill his area?
“There’s one or two things in my head but, whoever I bring in, hopefully will score or help provide goals for us.
“If strikers are scoring goals, they are doing their job, in my eyes. We need something to happen for Reuben [Reid], or for Chaddy [Nick Chadwick], or young Tyler [Harvey], who’s back in the squad tomorrow.
“I’ve asked about two players this morning. I’m waiting for feedback.”