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HASSELBAINK EXPECTS MORE INS AND OUTS BEFORE WINDOW CLOSES

26 January 2021

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink expects more ins and outs in the last few days before the transfer window closes.

The Burton Albion manager has already brought in four new faces as he looks to freshen up the squad for the second half of the season but hasn’t finished his business yet.

He said: “I don’t want to get in players for the sake of it, but we are doing our work and making sure we get the right characters and recruit well. There is a lot of time that goes into it, but we have to do it.

“I am looking at the defensive area but also, we need more creativity. In the last two games as a team, we have defended really well, and have been solid, but we need to be able to give the defence a break and to be able to control the ball and be a threat up front.

“We need young blood, young, exciting players in the building with a few experienced ones around them. At the moment, the balance is not right.”

The latest signing is goalkeeper Dillon Barnes who fits the way the manager wants to play.

Hasselbaink said: “If we are going to win matches, control matches we need a keeper who is not only calm but who can play out from the back. At the moment, we don’t control the ball as much as we need to, and we panic a little bit. We need a keeper who can pass as well, but also obviously one who keeps the ball out of the net.”

Hasselbaink says that one or two players may leave the club before the window closes.

“I think we will see some outgoings. Some players want to be playing and if I can’t guarantee that, it’s not fair to stand in their way.”

The manager also gave an update on injuries to two young players – Reece Hutchinson and Tom Hewlett.

He said: “Reece was injured when I came back. I know him very well and he has been training with the group again, but he has been out a very long time and will take time for him to get back and affect the squad."

Hewlett suffered a broken leg and ankle injury in training.

Hasselbaink said: “Tom was a freak accident in training. It’s such a shame as he was doing so well. That’s going to take a while unfortunately, but he is doing great and is at home now after having an operation.”


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