Chesterfield: Cook to scour loan market

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Paul Cook will no doubt be scouring the loan market for a central defender ahead of the two games coming up.

Scunthorpe and a trip to Preston are Spireites’ next two fixtures and they’re currently heading into those games with Ian Evatt as the only experienced centre half.

Charlie Raglan came on for the injured Sam Hird in the win at Port Vale and did extremely well but he erred for Scunthorpe’s first goal in the JPT defeat; that apart though, the former FC United of Manchester man put in another decent shift.

Jack Broadhead had a turbulent final few minutes at Vale Park after Evatt’s dismissal, repelling Vale’s desperate last gasp attacks alongside Raglan and the pair linked up at Glandford Park from the start.

Broadhead made a couple of errors but, in fairness, recovered from them very well but like Evatt, he saw red late on for a second bookable offence. He’ll therefore miss the re-match with the Iron but will be available for Deepdale.

Hird is set to be out with a knee injury until at least December, so a three month loan cover would seem a logical thing, finances allowing, for Cook to do.

Cover is also absent at full-back with Drew Talbot (groin) and Ritchie Humphreys (knee) also out, so any additional defender would be welcomed into the squad.

Cook’s choices in his attacking roles look to be increasing as every day goes by.

Jay O’Shea, Romy Boco and Gary Roberts should all be in contention to join new boy Sam Clucas in the mix. Ollie Banks, who started at Scunthorpe, will also have developed additional fitness after missing pre-season due to injury.

The manager will also have a decision to make about his lone striker as Eoin Doyle, with five goals and the enigmatic but unpredictable Armand Gnanduillet showing excellent form in his last two starts, battle it out for the one spot.