Loan players to make up quarter of the squad
CHRIS LAKEY All four of Glenn Roeder's loan signings will feature against Coventry City this afternoon - fitness permitting.Central defender Martin Taylor is the only doubt, having suffered a groin injury during the defeat at Plymouth a fortnight ago, but Mo Camara, Matty Pattison and Ched Evans are all fit.
All four of Glenn Roeder's loan signings will feature against Coventry City this afternoon - fitness permitting.
Central defender Martin Taylor is the only doubt, having suffered a groin injury during the defeat at Plymouth a fortnight ago, but Mo Camara, Matty Pattison and Ched Evans are all fit.
“Martin has trained this week, but we have wrapped him in cotton wool,” said Roeder.
With Dion Dublin and Luke Chadwick having shaken off hamstring problems and Mark Fotheringham and Gary Doherty back in contention after reserve team run-outs on Monday, Roeder has all but the injured Adam Drury and the suspended Darren Huckerby available. Evans is a prolific scorer in Manchester City's youth and reserve teams and for Wales Under-21s and comes on the recommendation of some of Roeder's best contacts, including England Under-21 coach and the youngster's former club boss Stuart Pearce.
“I haven't seen a lot of him, I have taken him on recommendation from people I respect in the game, Stuart Pearce in particular, he knows the lad inside out,” said Roeder. “I spoke to one of the main coaches at Manchester City, whose judgment I respect. We had him watched in the first under-21 game last weekend and he did particularly well, we got a good report on him.
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“I saw the game where he scored a hat-trick (against France) of which two were penalties - the way that he wrapped the penalties away shows he is very, very confident.
“He turned up here yesterday, we had a chat with him and he is a quietly confident young man who is looking forward to the challenge. His goalscoring record is very impressive. I know it is at youth team level, but you can only score goals in the team you are playing in.
“It will be a big step up for him, because he is expected to score goals now at senior level, but from my experience of young players at West Ham who came through to be top players, they handled it. If it's not week in, week out starting, whenever they were used from the bench they'd come on and have an effect on the game.”
Camara is at the other end of the scale - at 32 a seasoned professional who, with just two first team appearances this season, has left Derby on a temporary basis to try and get games.
“He looks quite fit,” added Roeder. “He has played reserve team football, he has got a lot of experience, and if he is not absolutely 100pc match fit in terms of not playing first team football, I am sure with his experience he will cope and over the next few games he will gain that.”