Paul Fairclough says he is looking to bring players in on loan to bolster his thin squad.
Neal Bishop will miss three games after he was shown a straight red for violent conduct at Carrow Road in mid-week whilst Ismail Yakubu will miss a host of games as the skipper spends four weeks on the sidelines due to a groin injury sustained in Monday’s training session.
It leaves Fairclough with very little choice as to whom to play in the next few games, and he said he will now be looking to get some players in on loan.
The concern is mainly about the defence: Ian Hendon was repordely not up to speed against Norwich although he will certainly perform better against League Two opposition and at Underhill. James Cole was ommitted from the starting XI and was left on the bench despite him signing a professional contract in the summer and the management’s hope of him progressing similarly to Joe Devera who is now Barnet’s first-choice right-back. That suggests that Fairclough is looking to strengthen the centre of defence so they can play alongside Sagi Burton, with Devera opting for his prefered right full-back position.
Meanwhile, thanks to Bishop’s suspension, it’ll give Max Porter a chance to play in the centre of park alongside Michael Leary, but, to add to the complications, Porter could play at right-back like he has played in pre-season as cover for the then injured Devera, as well as coming on as a substitute on Tuesday against Norwich and playing in that position. If he is given the right-back job and Devera moves to central defence, in leaves a midfield position open to Stephane Seanla who would be the only other option for engineroom of Barnet’s play.
So Fairclough will be looking to get some players in at the back and/or in the centre of the park ahead of the next few league games which are vital to Barnet’s seasons, including games against recently relegated duo Bradford and Brentford.
Thus far, Fairclough has been unsuccessful in any signing and says he squad will have to ‘make do’ for Saturday’s visit of Hereford United who claimed an excellent midweek victory over League One opposition, and who will be hoping to prove they can mount of play-off challenge this season with a hard-fought win over the Bees tomorow. The boss visited London clubs for the last three days, including Fulham, he revealed to LBC, but has not found anyone who is willing to join the Bees on loan despite guaranteed first-team action on offer.