Cheltenham Town eye loan switch for Championship youngster

Cheltenham Town are in advanced talks to take Swansea City striker Courtney Baker-Richardson on a season-long loan deal, according to Gloucester Live.

There’s just ten days left for teams to bring in new loan players and Gary Johnson is set to swoop in an attempt to bolster his ranks following the departure of Mo Eisa.

The Robins currently sit in 22nd place in the early League Two table, having yet to pick up a point so far this season. The loss of prolific forward Eisa has been a blow and Johnson is hoping his keen eye for a player has spotted something in the Coventry-born forward.

He impressed with Leamington FC in 2017, scoring 21 times in 62 appearances for the non-league outfit. He’s also featured for Kettering Town, Nuneaton and Romulus after being released by Coventry City as a youngster.

He linked up with Swansea’s U23 side last season, but has yet to make a senior appearance at the Liberty Stadium.

Gary Johnson will be hoping his excellent record at Leamington is an indication of his ability at League Two level, as he desperately needs an attacking threat to keep in touch with the middle of the pack in the basement division.

Our View

There is a long hard season ahead for the Robins, Eisa was one of their key performers last season and he should have been adequately replaced by now. Instead, Cheltenham have gone into their fresh campaign light up front and it shows, badly.

Is Baker-Richardson the answer? He’s unlikely to have the impact Mo Eisa had, but he’ll need to be a ten or fifteen goal striker if he’s to help nudge to Robins away from the dreaded bottom two.

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