Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan ready to make another move into loan market
MANAGER John Sheridan is ready to add a sixth loan signing to his squad at Argyle in an attempt to find the solution to their lack of goals.
Sheridan wants to recruit another striker because the relegation-threatened Pilgrims – who welcome Fleetwood Town to Home Park tomorrow – have netted only six times in the last nine games.
Four of those goals have come from Crystal Palace winger Jason Banton.
The 21-year-old is one of the five loan signings at Argyle, and that is the maximum amount allowed to feature in a matchday squad.
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So, should a new striker be added to the ranks, one of the players borrowed by the Pilgrims will not be involved at all.
Sheridan does not have any qualms about that, given the circumstances the club are facing as they fight for Football League survival.
He told Herald Sport: "I'm comfortable with that if it enables me to get a striker in who I think is going to score goals.
"It will be tough leaving someone out of the squad who is on loan but I have got to think of the next nine games.
"All I'm thinking of is getting someone scoring goals and, hopefully, keeping us up."
Four of Argyle's borrowed players are set to spend the rest of the season with them – Banton, Joe Bryan, Lee Cox and Ronan Murray.
The second month of Reuben Reid's loan spell from Yeovil Town ends the week after next.
Sheridan, who was appointed as Argyle manager in January, said: "I have been trying for an experienced striker since I have come here, but I have found it difficult.
"I will just get someone in who I think is going to help us and score goals, whether he's aged 19, 25 or 30.
"I think Saturday's game will be too soon but I'm looking, trying and asking at this moment in time."
Meanwhile, Argyle defender Anthony Charles is rated as 50-50 by Sheridan for Fleetwood's first-ever trip to Home Park.
Charles was forced to sit out the 0-0 draw with visiting Bradford City on Tuesday because of a groin injury he suffered in the second half of the 2-1 defeat at League Two leaders Gillingham last Saturday.
In his absence, the experienced Paul Wotton moved into the centre of defence with Guy Branston.
Sheridan said: "We will just have to see with Charlesy. He's 50-50 at the moment.
"It's one of those injuries that if he did play and aggravate it, it would probably keep him out for longer. We have just got to be careful with him."
Sheridan admitted it would be a similar squad to the one which was on duty against Bradford.
Goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin has returned to full training after a hamstring injury which forced him to be substituted during the goal-less draw against Accrington Stanley at Home Park on January 26.
Jake Cole has been between the posts for the Pilgrims since then and has put in some good performances.
Sheridan said: "Rene needs to get fit because he hasn't trained too much but he's closer to getting back in the squad."