SMITH NOT CONSIDERING DEFENSIVE OPTIONS SMITH NOT CONSIDERING DEFENSIVE OPTIONS

SMITH NOT CONSIDERING DEFENSIVE OPTIONS

Walsall Football Club manager Dean Smith has today indicated that, following the recruitment of James O'Connor, and the re-signing of Andy Taylor, he has finished his transfer business in-terms of defensive options.
Walsall Football Club manager Dean Smith has today indicated that, following the recruitment of James O'Connor, and the re-signing of Andy Taylor, he has finished his transfer business in-terms of defensive options.

With Mal Benning, James Chambers, Ben Purkiss, Matt Preston, Paul Downing, newly contracted Andy Taylor and new recruit James O'Connor on the books Smith believes he needs to concentrate on positions higher up the park.

Speaking to the Walsall Advertiser, Smith said: "Unless there's a young prospect that comes along who we feel we can develop further, I think we are happy now with what we've got at the back.

"I will be looking higher up the pitch now and, to be honest, I have been doing that for the last couple of months.

"We know we need more players in forward positions, whether that be someone who can play as a number nine or ten or wide left or wide right.

"But with the people I'm looking at, the thing that we need to make sure is that they can come in and score goals as that's where we fell down last season.

"We've already got Tom (Bradshaw) who is ideal for us as he is young and hungry but also mature for his age.

"But you usually find that forward players cost more money – when agents phone you and ask what you want you say 'a 6ft1 striker with good feet who can score goals, for £500 a week!' And they are very hard to come by!"

You can read the full Walsall Advertiser article HERE.
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