Swindon Town manager Richie Wellens has revealed his side may not make any more signings this week as the transfer window draws to a close.
As reported by the Swindon Advertiser, Wellens claims he can only bring players in if others are sold, something he doesn’t feel is likely to happen ahead of Friday’s 5 pm deadline for domestic transfers.
The news comes despite Swindon letting Tyler Reid and Cameron McGilp go, but players such as Tom Broadbent are still around the squad and haven’t got a squad number. Unless they move on, Wellens feels there won’t be scope for him to bring in new faces.
“At the moment, everyone is here and staying unless we get offers,” said the former Oldham boss.
“There are a couple of players like Tom Broadbent, who we’ve not given a squad number too, that could leave but he’s not going to be fit for another three weeks. Is he going to leave before Friday? I would probably say at this stage, it would be difficult because we’re expecting someone to take him injured.
“That’s not ideal, but every single team that gets promoted under normal circumstances that has a squad of 24 will have six or seven that you don’t think can take you forward.”
The Robins were beaten 1-0 by AFC Wimbledon at the County Ground this weekend, leaving them 15th in the early League One table. They host Sunderland this weekend, before a tricky trip to Northampton Town a week on Tuesday.
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Wellens wasn’t happy with the recruitment ahead of the new season and despite a decent start, he is still seemingly a couple short of a full squad. They are more complete than when they kicked off though and have enough quality in there to sustain League One football. However, a manager like Wellens isn’t going to rest on his laurels and he’ll be keen to keep the progression going.
The salary cap and restrictions on the number of players allowed in the first team squad will bite hard, but experienced players such as Brett Pitman and Jack Payne have added quality and a goal threat to the XI, something fans feared might not be evident after losing Yates and Doyle. Fans will nonetheless be disappointed that their exciting young manager is unable to add to the potential in his squad ahead of the deadline.