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Blackburn Rovers boss believes options key to progress
MICHAEL Appleton is determined to add to his squad before Blackburn Rovers’ next league game at Hull City on Tuesday.
Appleton brought in DJ Campbell and Lee Williamson last week but is eager to bring in up to four more players.
The Rovers boss felt he was short of options for the midweek 1-1 draw at Brighton and knows the busy fixture schedule, which sees his side play nine games in 29 days, will test his squad to the limit.
Former Rovers ace David Bentley and deadline day target Jerome Thomas are among those Appleton is interested in signing, but he has so far been frustrated in the loan market.
Asked how progress had been, Appleton admitted: “Slow. Obviously there are a lot of factors that need to be considered but I think with the FA Cup being this weekend we’ve almost got a full week to make sure that something happens before the Hull game.
“We want loads of options and we haven’t got those options at the minute.
“I’ve publicly said we need cover defensively and we need some pace in wide areas as well. We need bodies in the building, I think it’s quite clear to see.”
Appleton added that he wanted options to rotate his starting XI.
He said: “I want to be making changes that either make us even better and stronger, or certainly make sure that we stay solid.”
“It’s okay making changes but obviously you don’t want to make changes that are going to have a detrimental effect to what happens on the pitch,” he said.
“That’s not being disrespectful to the players who we’ve got on the bench, it’s just that sometimes you need a certain type of player to change something, something a little bit different to take the pressure off.
“I think we were crying out on Tuesday for a little bit of pace and experience in the wide areas, especially in the final third.”
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