Swindon Town boss Richie Wellens has been giving a transfer update on the eve of the Robins League Two trip to Exeter City as reported by the Swindon Advertiser.
And it is not good news for Swindon fans with the boss admitting the club are some way from signing a forward. Jerry Yates straight red card in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie at Colchester United means he will miss three games and increased the urgency of making a striker addition, but despite working around the clock, Wellens was finding the market frustrating to deal with at present. He said: ‘If I’m being honest, we’re not close to anything.
‘We’re not on the verge of doing anything – nothing is 50-50. We’ll probably have to start making phone calls to push something through quickly.’
‘The problem we’ve got is that the players we are after, 10 or more clubs are after them as well.’
‘We have to just wait, and I’m trying to be as patient as I possibly can.’
The Robins have made an excellent start to their League Two campaign with two wins, and the form of Yates has impressed with the former Rotherham striker netting two goals. His absence will leave a big hole in the Swindon team that lines up against the Grecians with Wellens short of numbers upfront.
Keshi Anderson, Kaiyne Woolery and twenty-year-old Scott Twine are now his only attacking options and the former Oldham manager admitted that despite his frustrations he was still hoping to make an addition before Saturday’s fixture, ‘I would like them in most definitely before the Exeter game now.’
The Advertiser also reports that Wellens and his assistant Steve Ball were shown red cards by referee Charles Breakspeare following the tie with Colchester and are waiting to hear from the FA whether there will be any further sanction.
Finding a decent League Two striker is a massive challenge for any club, and in the current market, they are even more scarce.
Wellens will need to be patient, but after a good summer and a decent start, the club needs to back him to get his target.
If they do, long-suffering Robins fans might well be in for a good season.