The qualities Doncaster Rovers need to invest in
Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson has vowed not to hang around when it comes to strengthening his squad for League One.
The Scot has already lined up a left back and a Premier League striker on loan, and has identified midfield as a key area to bolster.
But what attributes should Ferguson be prioritising? Sports writer Paul Goodwin takes a look...
Rovers need an injection of speed throughout the side.
Matty Blair is an exception and proved to be an excellent outlet at both right back and right midfield last term.
Ferguson doesn’t tend to play with out-and-out wingers so pace and athleticism is something he needs at full back. He’s also likely to target a quick striker to complement the frontmen already at his disposal.
Goalkeeper and centre backs aside, Rovers aren’t a squad blessed with an abundance of height.
It’s unlikely to be something Ferguson wants in a new striker because his side don’t play long and direct.
But when he strengthens at the back and in the middle of the park he will definitely be looking to add a bit of physical presence.
No shrinking violets need apply. Rovers require players with a strong and tough mentality, players capable of making an immediate impact in the cut and thrust of League One.
When it comes to recruitment this summer another blend of youthfulness and experience would also complement the current squad quite nicely.
You can never have too many leaders and Rovers would definitely benefit from a few more intelligent, and perhaps stern, voices out on the pitch - particularly when skipper James Coppinger is not the type to scream and shout.
Speak to the Rovers lads off the pitch and they’re all nice lads. Too nice perhaps?
John Marquis gave the team more of an ‘edge’ last season. A couple more like him would make Rovers a tougher opponent.