Manager discusses January transfer window and previews trip to Huish Park
ORIENT manager Russell Slade has revealed he is keen to bolster his strike force in the January transfer window as injuries start to take their toll on the O’s thin squad.
“The January window is always a difficult window. It’s like going to the Christmas sales, there’s a lot of riff raff in there and a lot of non-quality so you have to sift through it to get the bargains,” said Slade.
“I need to help the group and get some extra bodies in. We don’t have a big squad and we want to add to it to help give us the best possible chance of continuing the momentum that we’ve gathered over the last year.
“We need to look at the goalkeeper situation. Whether Jake Larkins stays in the side or not, we can’t go into the second half of the season with one senior ‘keeper who has only had three games to his name.
“Defensively I’m not too unhappy with how we are shaping up there and in midfield we need a bit of help though we'll be hoping to keep Marvin Bartley here. Our biggest problem at the moment is our lack of forwards and most of our attention will be focussed on that area.”
Orient travel to Huish Park on Saturday in the FA Cup for their third successive away game before getting on the road again next Tuesday evening to journey to Shrewsbury.
“We’ve played our share away from home at the minute and there’s a little bit of an in-balance there but we couldn’t have asked for much more of a return from our last two trips to Gillingham and Wolves and we have to be satisfied. Unfortunately along the way we’ve picked up a few injuries and that’s the downside and that’s something we’re trying to deal with at this moment of time.”
With the likes of Larkins and Yohann Lasimant coming in to the side to play a key part over the last two games, Slade is delighted with the way the players that have been on the fringes of the squad for most of the season have come into the squad and flourished.
“It’s a small squad and most of the group are always involved and so close to being called upon even if they aren’t playing. The good thing is that they are ready and they’ve shown their readiness to come on and perform and play their part. It’ll be tough though to ask too much of some of our youngsters at this current time as you have to be mindful that that could be slightly detrimental as well. We need to take care of their development and have to be mindful of that.
“It’ll be a strong Yeovil side who will expect to make it through albeit I think their priority will still remain staying in the Championship. I think moreover if the game does go ahead that conditions could play their part in all honesty. If we do play we’ll have to be mindful of that.
“We know we have a long list of injuries but whatever side we choose to put out, we will expect that high level of performance that we’ve become used to over recent weeks and months.”