Chesterfield: Striker riches highlight gaps elsewhere for Spireites

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With Eoin Doyle fully signed up, Paul Cook looks to have completed his strikeforce for next season.

Alongside the ex-Hibs man in the squad is last season’s top scorer Marc Richards, maverick Frenchman Armand Gnanduillet and young Jacob Hazel, whose proposed summer loan to Norway didn’t materialise.

Tommy Lee and untried Aaron Chapman are his two keepers but the Spireites boss is still short in defence and midfield.

Scunthorpe midfielder Jimmy Ryan has emerged as a likely contender. The former Liverpool youngster made his senior bow with Shrewsbury Town before switching to Accrington Stanley. He wasn’t there with Cook, but he was a playing colleague of the manager’s assistant, Leam Richardson.

In 2011 after three years at Stanley, he moved to Scunthorpe United where he’s been a regular ever since. Indeed he scored a last-minute equaliser for The Iron at Glandford Park against Chesterfield on New Year’s Eve when the two were battling against relegation from League One.

Three years earlier he also scored against Spireites, an 85th-minute leveller in a 1-1 draw at Saltergate.

If Ryan signs, he would be only the fourth midfield man in the squad, an indication of the work that still needs doing at The Proact.

Any hope of signing Swindon Town’s Alan Navarro seems to have disappeared.

Navarro is still contracted to the Robins’ and his wage demands seem to have been a major stumbling block, though former Accrington raider Romy Boco remains a realistic target.

Cook has five defenders signed up. That quintet includes transfer-listed Sam Hird and first-year pro Jack Broadhead, again a hint that more strength is needed.

Ex-Miller Ryan Cresswell remains Cook’s preferred target while no-one would be surprised if left-back Conor Townsend, borrowed from Hull City last season, returns for next season.