New signings could signal Chesterfield exits

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JOHN Sheridan looks set to try to offload players as well as sign others as he attempts to improve his Chesterfield side.

The Spireites manager blasted his squad after the 5-2 thrashing at Oldham.

Jamie Lowry, Mark Randall, Dean Morgan and Aaron Downes have all featured much less often than expected and they will be wanting first-team football, ideally at Chesterfield,

But Sheridan seems to have been reluctant to select them for some reason.

With Sheffield United next in town, he will be keen to put out a team that will fight harder than at Boundary Park.

Central midfielders and central defenders will almost certainly be his major targets as he attempts to make loan signings before tomorrow’s deadline.

Many of the goals conceded of late have come straight through the middle, and Sheridan’s team selections have shown little continuity in those areas as he seeks the wins needed to lift his side from bottom slot.

While he has acknowledged that loan players are not necessarily the option he prefers, he is desperate to find some players who will lift the spirits around the B2net. Chesterfield already have six loan men on their books and only five can be involved in the match-day squad at any one time.

But Bristol City’s Lee Johnson and Middlesbrough’s Jonathan Grounds leave after the visit of the Blades.

Additionally, Leon Clarke, ejected from Swindon Town after his spat with manager Paolo Di Canio, will see his three-month spell end before Christmas. Newcastle United keeper Ole Soderberg is unlikely to stay beyond his initial month, with Tommy Lee set to return after injury.

That means that there will be a number of slots available for new faces.

Sheridan’s targets will be headed by players whom he would be able to sign fully in January, which is what is expected to happen with defender Neal Trotman, currently on loan from Rochdale.