I agree and its worrying to think that he feels the squad we've got is good enough. Although to be fair to him, if you take a step back and ask yourself; last season would we have been happy if we had this defence/CDM to back up the midfield/forwards and if we did, would we have done better? I guess a case could be made showing that perhaps we do have a good enough squad considering the new signings.If you believe what Lowe says, it won’t be more than one or two.
Errington “How do you feel about the squad depth and the number of players you got at the moment? Would you like to add a few more”
Lowe “Yeah, we would like to add a few more …” but then goes onto to say “We done our business early. What we needed and what we got in. No real rush. We identified a few targets of loan players”.
“We identified one or two targets and then see what pans out in the next weeks”
Errington then says “Another two or three and then your there, do you think?”
Lowe responds by saying “I don’t know, we might not get any. The squad we got now we feel is good enough”
Now for me, we haven‘t added crucially to that squad in terms of attacking options. Last season l felt we didn’t have the depth.
l wonder if we are struggling to get the players in we identified because early part of pre-season Lowe said he would start at the back and recruitment be worked away through the team. We have got to the CDM position after taking care of the defence and it’s stuttered somewhat.
l look at CM/CAM Mayor, Camara and C Grant. Now unless Edwards is being ear marked for a return to CM and Bolton is going to play RWB, we seem very light here. You could add Randell to the mix but he l feel covers Houghton at CDM.
l look at the forwards. Hardie, Jephcott and Ennis. If he wants to play two and one is injured or out of form then again very light on numbers.
Lowe said in the fans forum that we were looking at a couple of attacking players but that they got snapped up before we could make an offer.
Is hoping to get a ‘seasoned’ player in on loan in next couple of weeks.
So if you thought two or three more players l don’t think that is happening.
With Law, Grant, and Galloway, and Cooper to return, I would be very surprised if we signed another LWB. Otherwise I agree, although I'm not sure Lowe is in the market for a CM.So what do we need?
If you look at the squad there's 15 outfield players currently fit enough to start the season and that includes Tomlinson but not Shirley.
I think we need a left wing-back who has good experience of playing that position.
Grant is not a dedicated LWB, Law is facing his first full season at Argyle and Cooper isn't fit.
We need another creative midfielder, we rely too much on Mayor and if he's out of form or injured we'll struggle. This could be a loan until January by which time our other creative player, Cooper, should be back.
I think we need another striker and something different to what we have, again another loan.
So I reckon 3 more players needed, a LWB, a creative midfielder and a striker.
Traditionally Lowe starts the season with at least 3 loan players and adds another 2 before the transfer window closes. This summer he's not shopping in the Premier League loan market so probably just two loans from the Championship and League One.
We don't just need another RCM as cover, I think we need one to start there. Camara is a fantastic athlete and so good at breaking up play, but he's next to useless in and around the area. With Mayor also goal-shy on the other side of midfield we need someone who can chip in with goals and assists on that right side.
Our midfield last season was almost certainly among the lowest in the league for goals scored and it's something we need to address urgently.
I know goalscoring midfielders don't grow on trees, but if we can't find a Friio or Castle then hopefully we can at least bring in a Mauge or Norris.
That's true, but I'll throw in a golden opportunity he had at Rovers when he was inside the area and had three Argyle players to pick out but cut it back straight to a Rovers defender. He does that a lot (mind you, so does DM).You say that, but when Pan came on the other night he picked out some excellent passes in the final third. Jephcott missed a 1-on-1 and Ennis missed a chance too. On another day he would've had two assists. I was critical of his end product last year, but decision making is something that improves with experience and I think he's got the potential to put up decent numbers. For me he should be first choice at RCM when the season starts. His positives far outweigh the negatives.
With Law, Grant, and Galloway, and Cooper to return, I would be very surprised if we signed another LWB. Otherwise I agree, although I'm not sure Lowe is in the market for a CM.