Goal-shy Plymouth Argyle in talks with new striker
MANAGER John Sheridan is striving to add a new striker to his goal-shy Plymouth Argyle squad.
Sheridan revealed after the 0-0 draw with Newport County at Home Park on Tuesday night he was in talks with one potential recruit.
The under-pressure Pilgrims’ boss will hope to conclude a deal before the trip to Mansfield Town on Saturday.
Argyle are now the lowest scorers in League Two this term, with eight goals in 13 games, and two of those were penalties.
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Bottom-of-the-table Accrington Stanley won 2-1 at home to Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night, to take their tally to nine.
Sheridan told Herald Sport: “If I could afford them, I would probably bring a couple of strikers in.
“The chairman (James Brent) and the board have told me that if I want to bring someone in there is money there.
“I’m talking to someone at the moment. I just think we need a lift from somewhere.”
Sheridan signed attacking players Lewis Alessandra, Rommy Boco, Marvin Morgan and Reuben Reid during the summer.
He also snapped up Paul Hayes on a one-month loan from Brentford at the start of October.
However, they have combined for only five goals between them, and Morgan is now out of action with a long-term shoulder injury.
In addition, the loan spell of Hayes ends after the home game against Northampton Town on November 2.
The 30-year-old has started the last five fixtures for the Pilgrims but has yet to open his goalscoring account.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old prospect Tyler Harvey continues to only be used as a substitute.
Harvey came off the bench for the 12th time this season against Newport and has yet to start a match.
Argyle have gone eight games in all competitions without a win and the sense of frustration around the club is increasing all the time.
He said: “The fans are touchy, I’m touchy, everyone is touchy because we just can’t score a goal. It can’t go on much longer.
“With the chances we have created of late, I think we should be scoring goals.
“We need someone who is going to put it in the back of the net when you get that half chance. It’s just those instincts in the box.
“That’s what strikers get paid for, and why they are on the most money. Hopefully, I can bring someone in who is going to help us.
“I’m talking to one club about a striker. We need someone to come in and give us a lift,” added the Pilgrims’ boss.
“We are not scoring goals, but I don’t think we are playing badly.
“Newport are up there and were no better than us. We have proved that against the teams we have played previously.
“Draws are not good enough. And you will keep drawing, or you will get beat, if you are not scoring goals.
“People are probably getting sick of me repeating myself. I’m constantly saying it’s goals, goals, goals so I need to try to sort it out.”