Scunthorpe United boss hopeful of signing a striker before the weekend

Scunthorpe United boss Paul Hurst is hopeful of signing a striker before the weekend as reported by BBC Humberside Sport.

Hurst is short of striking options with only Lee Novak and Kyle Wootton fit ahead of the weekend with Kevin van Veen likely to be out for three-to-four weeks with swelling to the knee and John McAtee prefered as an attacking midfielder rather than as a striker by Hurst.

Scunthorpe entertain Championship side Derby County tonight in a tough-looking first round Carabao Cup tie, and Hurst will be looking for some positives from the display after a disappointing start to their League Two campaign. The Iron have lost both their opening fixtures, and the former Shrewsbury boss said he felt embarrassed and angry following the Iron’s capitulation at Cheltenham at the weekend.

Reports continue to suggest several League One clubs are interested in some of Hurst’s better players and the sight of Adam Hamill on the substitutes bench on Saturday did nothing to end the speculation the winger is set for a departure. However, BBC Humberside Sport claims nothing is imminent on any player leaving Glanford Park.

Our View

Hurst has got his work cut out at Scunthorpe, and Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Cheltenham left him looking demoralised in his post-match interview.

He has not yet managed to lift the doom and gloom around the club following last seasons relegation, and he is questioning the desire of some of his players.

He needs something positive to happen soon, and a new striker will undoubtedly help.

The Scunthorpe ownership is not known for being the most patient, and if Hurst does not watch out, he could be out of work with his stock falling fast after only last year landing a job in the Championship.


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