Chesterfield: Spireites boss wants additions

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook
Chesterfield boss Paul Cook
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Manager Paul Cook will field a strong side for the Spireites’ first friendly at Buxton’s Silverlands next Saturday.

But Cook is still well short of where he wants to be for when the team visits Bury for the League Two opener on August 3.

Tommy Lee is first-choice keeper with untried Aaron Chapman, signed this summer from Belper, in reserve.

Defence at the moment is somewhat threadbare.

Drew Talbot and Player of the Year Nathan Smith will be the full-backs with Sam Hird and Liam Cooper the like central pairing.

First-year pro Jack Broadhead is the only other backline man and he’s probably some way short of a league starting position.

Midfield looks solid if, again, thin on the ground.

Tendayi Darikwa, who had such a good breakthrough season last time, plus marquee signing Gary Roberts look most likely wide men with Jay O’Shea, Jimmy Ryan and Sam Togwell battling it out in the centre.

Three main attackers will fight it out up front. Marc Richards and Eoin Doyle look first-choice picks if a 4-4-2 is used with maverick Frenchman Armand Gnanduillet as back-up. Jacob Hazel may feature before his his loan spell in Norway.

Cook will have two players on trial next week, defenders Jon Shaw and Matty Brown from Marine.

Midfielder Sam Morsy is expected to join from Port Vale next week whilst Southend United are doing what they can to prevent Ryan Cresswell from moving to the Proact.