Evans Targets Central Midfielder As He Looks To Complete Squad
There’s no such thing as jet-lag for Stags boss Steve Evans, as he looks to add a central midfielder to the squad ahead of the new season.
Evans and the rest of the playing squad and staff, arrived back in the UK yesterday following a week’s training camp over in Malta – the Stags beat a Maltese Selext XI 5-0 during their trip, but boss Evans has his eye’s on tests against Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest now the squad are back on home soil.
Evans said "I want to see us being comfortable in possession, organised and almost like effortless – that's how it looks but with plenty of effort – out of possession and just for us to be competitive,"
"If we're competitive in the three games against those types of opposition, then we fear no-one in the season ahead. It's going to be tough for us on Saturday. This is a Sheffield Wednesday squad who only went out on penalties in the play-offs. They're a wonderful club; they're one of the top seven or eight clubs in British football and they'll bring a healthy support but Carlos [Carvalhal] will want his team to come here and, before they go away for a little while, to put on a good performance.”
"We're undecided if [we'll give the players] two 45 minutes or whether it's a 60 and a 30 but certainly all the players will be on the pitch at some stage.”
Elsewhere as Evans looks to further strengthen his squad, the nine-time promotion winner has outlined what the final additions should be “I've got four decent strikers here at the football club with Jimmy Spencer, Danny Rose and the two other guys, Lee Angol and young Omari [Sterling-James] – they're talented boys and I think there's goals there, for sure. We're trying to do something positive but we have to make sure that when we go to the market, first and foremost the player wants to come, but secondly, we get value for money.”
"[Goalscorers] are a sought-after commodity, they're hard to get, and we know who our targets are. That one is maybe going to fall a little bit short because people don't want to sell, that's their prerogative, but we don't just have one name on that list, the chief executive (Carolyn Radford) has three or four names and we're exploring that as we speak.”
"[We're looking for] a central midfielder, we've got enough lads that can do jobs in wide areas for us. We're very solid across the back and I just want a different type of central midfield player and a striker – and it has to be a striker that gives us something [different] to what we've got, not more, but something to give us another option.”
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