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HASSELBAINK LOOKING TO RESHAPE HIS SQUAD

15 January 2021

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink has been busy reshaping the Brewers squad as he looks to build on the 1-0 win at Gillingham.

Hayden Carter made his debut last Saturday and impressed at both ends of the pitch as he scored the only goal of the game and helped secure a much-needed clean sheet.

Sean Clare has also arrived from Oxford, while Steven Lawless and Neal Eardley have moved on.

Hasselbaink explained his thinking: “I like to have two people in every position and then three or four to be able to play several positions so that if you have injuries you have options. We also need competition for positions.

“At the moment we are little bit over on certain positions and a little bit under on others so I’m going try to balance it out.”

The manager will not add players just to make the numbers up.

“They have to be strengthening us, not adding to our depth.”

Hasselbaink believes that Sean Clare fits that bill.

“I feel we can do with a little bit more athleticism, some runners without the ball, some people getting into the box, a little bit more creativity. There are things we are lacking that we need to get a bit more of in the team and which he can bring. I’m very lucky to get him from Oxford.”

Going out are Steven Lawless and Neal Eardley.

Hasselbaink said: “It was unfortunate that we have to see Lawless go. He’s a good player but for family reasons he had to go back to Scotland. Motherwell came in and I had to let him go.

“In terms of Eardley, I have a right back in John Brayford and I don’t really want two experienced right backs in the building. Neal wants to play and get more game time as he wants to play for another few years. He’s a fit boy and he knows if he doesn’t play this year it might be difficult for him to find another club, so he needs to show he’s fit and able to do that. He’s done everything properly since I came in and he is a smashing lad.”


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