Chesterfield’s French striker heads for Tranmere Rovers

Armand Gnanduillet Pic by: James Williamson
Armand Gnanduillet Pic by: James Williamson
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Chesterfield travel to Colchester United this evening without striker Armand Gnanduillet.

The 22-year-old has joined League Two side Tranmere Rovers on loan and goes straight into the bottom of the table club’s squad for their home game with Mansfield Town.

Paul Cook has wanted to send the Frenchman out to gain more pitch time since before this season started but not landing any striking cover in the summer delayed that decision until now.

Gnanduillet’s best performance in a Chesterfield shirt was in the 2-1 win at Port Vale earlier this season, when Micky Adams was Vale’s boss; he’s now in charge at Prenton Park and that showing no doubt prompted the interest.

No cover is expected ahead of this evening’s game, the likes of Dan Gardner, Jay O’Shea or Ollie Banks would have to be employed in attack if anything happens to leading scorer Eoin Doyle.

Ritchie Humphreys therefore looks the most likely man to come into the 18 man squad that played out a 1-1 home draw with Oldham Athletic on Saturday.

All participants in that game are fit, but Cook will undoubtedly make a change or two as he seeks to turn good, entertaining performances into wins.

Despite the plaudits Spireites are receiving about their sparkling play, just one win in six is the recent output.

Gardner and his direct running style puts him in pole position for a recall, with one of Gary Roberts or Daniel Johnson likely to give way.

Additionally the manager may consider retaining weekend scorer Sam Clucas in a left-back role, he took over there when Dan Jones was subbed by Gnanduillet against Oldham, leaving room for either Banks or O’Shea to also enter the fray.

Colchester, managed by Tony Humes, who played at Saltergate for Wrexham in Spireites’ memorable FA Cup Quarter Final win in 1997, drew at Scunthorpe on Saturday, a result that followed a 2-1 win against Fleetwood Town.

They occupy 16th place in League One with 13 points in 13 outings.

They are eight places behind the Spireites.

Freddie Sears and George Moncur are their most accomplished players amongst a team with a lot of youth and not a huge amount of experience.