Striker search goes on for Swindon Town

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Swindon Town striker Nile Ranger Swindon Town striker Nile Ranger

SWINDON Town are still trying to bring in a striker to rival Nile Ranger for a starting berth but manager Mark Cooper has stressed that money is tight at the County Ground.

Robins owner Lee Power has previously held talks with Liverpool regarding the possibility of drafting in Michael Ngoo on loan and saw a bid for Wes Thomas turned down by Bournemouth on behalf of the player earlier in the transfer window but, with just 11 days left to draft in a new recruit, Town are running out of time to make a signing.

Cooper revealed after his side’s 2-0 defeat to Gillingham at the weekend that Swindon would not break the bank simply for the sake of acquiring another target man.

“I think everyone knows what we’re trying to do. Everyone knows we need a number nine that wants to fight for the club and wants to run about like the rest of them, that’s where we’re one short at the minute,” he said.

“I’d certainly hope (it can be done before the end of the window). I don’t want it to sound like an excuse but the club is in such a way that we haven’t got a lot of money and we have to try to get the best one we can without putting the future in doubt again.”

Troy Archibald-Henville and Tijane Reis could return to match action in the next few weeks after recovering from knee surgery but Cooper is keen to give them more time in development matches before then.

“They need more reserve games but with the weather we’re struggling to get those games on,” he said. “They need another couple of games before they’re ready to be considered.”

Finally, on-loan defender Grant Hall was stretched off with a calf strain on Saturday and will be assessed by the Swindon medical team this week.

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8:54am Mon 20 Jan 14

The Town End says...

Don't you think bringing in a defender or two is a priority??. Defence has been shocking for months and F all still hasn't been done!!
Don't you think bringing in a defender or two is a priority??. Defence has been shocking for months and F all still hasn't been done!! The Town End

10:34am Mon 20 Jan 14

Graham8181 says...

Cooper you have no idea what you are doing. STOP TALKING ABOUT A NUMBER 9 AND START TALKING ABOUT A DEFENDER OR TWO. Completely clueless !!!!!
Cooper you have no idea what you are doing. STOP TALKING ABOUT A NUMBER 9 AND START TALKING ABOUT A DEFENDER OR TWO. Completely clueless !!!!! Graham8181

11:36am Mon 20 Jan 14

buckobassettboy says...

That really does some Cooper up-totally inept and the more rhetoric I hear from him,the more I believe that he is not managing the side in any shape or form.Now we are 9th in the table-the abject defending throughout the season has cost us dearly and yet Cooper spouts(On behalf of Power) that we need a striker.There appears to be no confidence from the midfield or forwards because they have no belief in the defence.Hall is total rubbish ,Ward is too slow,the other two have had to pick up yellow cards to cover their mistakes.The rest of the players can see the shambolic defending and this has to affect their game.A defender or two is a must-Branco looks like he can do a job but not with Hall or Ward.Our league position flatters us-and unless we start to defend properly we are going to slip further down the table
That really does some Cooper up-totally inept and the more rhetoric I hear from him,the more I believe that he is not managing the side in any shape or form.Now we are 9th in the table-the abject defending throughout the season has cost us dearly and yet Cooper spouts(On behalf of Power) that we need a striker.There appears to be no confidence from the midfield or forwards because they have no belief in the defence.Hall is total rubbish ,Ward is too slow,the other two have had to pick up yellow cards to cover their mistakes.The rest of the players can see the shambolic defending and this has to affect their game.A defender or two is a must-Branco looks like he can do a job but not with Hall or Ward.Our league position flatters us-and unless we start to defend properly we are going to slip further down the table buckobassettboy

2:45pm Mon 20 Jan 14

harley red says...

The defence has been crap since the first game of the season , and so has the puppet COOPER . I can't understand how people defend him when he is so poor at the job .
The defence has been crap since the first game of the season , and so has the puppet COOPER . I can't understand how people defend him when he is so poor at the job . harley red

3:17pm Mon 20 Jan 14

LeGod says...

The reason why MC is saying a striker as Ranger will have his court case next month so who knows what will happen there plus we havent got a natural goal scorer. I do agree about our defending it has been absolutely shocking all season but i think he is relying on Troy coming in within a couple fo weeks to do a job but do we know if this time he is going to last the pace and not get injured again as he could be the ideal man to come in. If we dont sign another defender or we start using Troy and he gets injured we do have the emergency loan window but MC has already stated funds are tight so maybe we cant afford one to come in.
To me we need three players right down the middle of the team, a centre back and good strong physical midfield player and a striker but i think we will be lucky to get one player. No one either seems too interested in the players we have on big money we want to ship out as they seem to still be hanging around.
On current performances i cant see any team interested in any of our players as they were earlier in the season they are looking tired and lethargic now some of them but bringing in a couple of players would give them a boost. Most teams in our league are signing players apart from us apart from Barker but i think he has been signed as a future signing but experience is really what we need but can we afford it.
I am seriously concerned for our next 10 games coming up as i think teams know how to play us now which they didnt first part of the season and a bit of a rough up from the opposition puts alot of young players out the game as they admitted last week. Playing L1is more phyiscal then the premier league or the under21 league they were playing in mind you they should have learnt by now how to handle it but still some havent which is why we are so useless away from home.
The reason why MC is saying a striker as Ranger will have his court case next month so who knows what will happen there plus we havent got a natural goal scorer. I do agree about our defending it has been absolutely shocking all season but i think he is relying on Troy coming in within a couple fo weeks to do a job but do we know if this time he is going to last the pace and not get injured again as he could be the ideal man to come in. If we dont sign another defender or we start using Troy and he gets injured we do have the emergency loan window but MC has already stated funds are tight so maybe we cant afford one to come in. To me we need three players right down the middle of the team, a centre back and good strong physical midfield player and a striker but i think we will be lucky to get one player. No one either seems too interested in the players we have on big money we want to ship out as they seem to still be hanging around. On current performances i cant see any team interested in any of our players as they were earlier in the season they are looking tired and lethargic now some of them but bringing in a couple of players would give them a boost. Most teams in our league are signing players apart from us apart from Barker but i think he has been signed as a future signing but experience is really what we need but can we afford it. I am seriously concerned for our next 10 games coming up as i think teams know how to play us now which they didnt first part of the season and a bit of a rough up from the opposition puts alot of young players out the game as they admitted last week. Playing L1is more phyiscal then the premier league or the under21 league they were playing in mind you they should have learnt by now how to handle it but still some havent which is why we are so useless away from home. LeGod

3:28pm Mon 20 Jan 14

smirg kcab says...

Even useless tranmere are going to sign Cassidy again, I'm sure he will do
Also ship useless hall and ward out
Even useless tranmere are going to sign Cassidy again, I'm sure he will do Also ship useless hall and ward out smirg kcab

3:58pm Mon 20 Jan 14

hertz says...

Maybe aing a go at only he umber 9 Mr Coper is simply trying p*ss Nile off to prove his point . Muppet
Maybe aing a go at only he umber 9 Mr Coper is simply trying p*ss Nile off to prove his point . Muppet hertz

4:41pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Red Since 62 says...

Whilst I am sorry that Grant Hall picked up a nasty injury his absence may prove a turning point if it allows a more experienced player a chance to show what he can do. IMO we don't need a striker to rival Ranger for a position in the starting line up we need one to play up front with him.

Accepting that money may be a problem what was wrong with Paynter who is no longer on big wages and has just gone out on loan, also Jervis who has played for us before and did reasonably well and was unattached, and of course what was wrong with Matt Tubbs.
Whilst I am sorry that Grant Hall picked up a nasty injury his absence may prove a turning point if it allows a more experienced player a chance to show what he can do. IMO we don't need a striker to rival Ranger for a position in the starting line up we need one to play up front with him. Accepting that money may be a problem what was wrong with Paynter who is no longer on big wages and has just gone out on loan, also Jervis who has played for us before and did reasonably well and was unattached, and of course what was wrong with Matt Tubbs. Red Since 62

5:40pm Mon 20 Jan 14

buckobassettboy says...

what was Halls' injury-breaking into a sweat or a bruise on his forehead.As a defender he takes the biscuit-nay-the cake shop.Totally crap and will not be back with any luck.It is farcical that he has been selected week in,week out.
N'guessan scores(Colchester)pl
ays really well and gets dropped.These are the sort of decisions that make no sense.
what was Halls' injury-breaking into a sweat or a bruise on his forehead.As a defender he takes the biscuit-nay-the cake shop.Totally crap and will not be back with any luck.It is farcical that he has been selected week in,week out. N'guessan scores(Colchester)pl ays really well and gets dropped.These are the sort of decisions that make no sense. buckobassettboy

8:50pm Mon 20 Jan 14

joey butler says...

LeGod wrote:
The reason why MC is saying a striker as Ranger will have his court case next month so who knows what will happen there plus we havent got a natural goal scorer. I do agree about our defending it has been absolutely shocking all season but i think he is relying on Troy coming in within a couple fo weeks to do a job but do we know if this time he is going to last the pace and not get injured again as he could be the ideal man to come in. If we dont sign another defender or we start using Troy and he gets injured we do have the emergency loan window but MC has already stated funds are tight so maybe we cant afford one to come in.
To me we need three players right down the middle of the team, a centre back and good strong physical midfield player and a striker but i think we will be lucky to get one player. No one either seems too interested in the players we have on big money we want to ship out as they seem to still be hanging around.
On current performances i cant see any team interested in any of our players as they were earlier in the season they are looking tired and lethargic now some of them but bringing in a couple of players would give them a boost. Most teams in our league are signing players apart from us apart from Barker but i think he has been signed as a future signing but experience is really what we need but can we afford it.
I am seriously concerned for our next 10 games coming up as i think teams know how to play us now which they didnt first part of the season and a bit of a rough up from the opposition puts alot of young players out the game as they admitted last week. Playing L1is more phyiscal then the premier league or the under21 league they were playing in mind you they should have learnt by now how to handle it but still some havent which is why we are so useless away from home.
LeGod wrote:
The reason why MC is saying a striker as Ranger will have his court case next month so who knows what will happen there plus we havent got a natural goal scorer.

We DO have a natural goal scorer, who has scored 11 goals this season and rising, but Paul Benson is on loan to top of the Conference Luton. How stupid is that?
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: The reason why MC is saying a striker as Ranger will have his court case next month so who knows what will happen there plus we havent got a natural goal scorer. I do agree about our defending it has been absolutely shocking all season but i think he is relying on Troy coming in within a couple fo weeks to do a job but do we know if this time he is going to last the pace and not get injured again as he could be the ideal man to come in. If we dont sign another defender or we start using Troy and he gets injured we do have the emergency loan window but MC has already stated funds are tight so maybe we cant afford one to come in. To me we need three players right down the middle of the team, a centre back and good strong physical midfield player and a striker but i think we will be lucky to get one player. No one either seems too interested in the players we have on big money we want to ship out as they seem to still be hanging around. On current performances i cant see any team interested in any of our players as they were earlier in the season they are looking tired and lethargic now some of them but bringing in a couple of players would give them a boost. Most teams in our league are signing players apart from us apart from Barker but i think he has been signed as a future signing but experience is really what we need but can we afford it. I am seriously concerned for our next 10 games coming up as i think teams know how to play us now which they didnt first part of the season and a bit of a rough up from the opposition puts alot of young players out the game as they admitted last week. Playing L1is more phyiscal then the premier league or the under21 league they were playing in mind you they should have learnt by now how to handle it but still some havent which is why we are so useless away from home.[/p][/quote]LeGod wrote: The reason why MC is saying a striker as Ranger will have his court case next month so who knows what will happen there plus we havent got a natural goal scorer. We DO have a natural goal scorer, who has scored 11 goals this season and rising, but Paul Benson is on loan to top of the Conference Luton. How stupid is that? joey butler

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