Chesterfield: More to come from Spireites striker, says Leam

Chesterfield manager, Paul Cook.
Chesterfield manager, Paul Cook.

Chesterfield assistant manager Leam Richardson believes there is more to come from striker Armand Gnanduillet.

The Ivorian bagged a first half hat-trick during Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Alfreton Town in the Spireites’ fourth pre-season game this summer.

Chesterfield have been in the market for front line reinforcements to bolster their attacking arsenal in League One this coming campaign.

Eoin Doyle, Charlie Dawes and Gnanduillet are the only recognised front men in the Spireites squad to date after the departure of Marc Richards to Northampton Town.

A number of trialists have been used during the pre-season programme, including former Liverpool youngster Adam Morgan, who featured again at the Impact Arena.

But Gnanduillet, 22, staked his claim for the lone front man role in Paul Cook’s line-up with three composed finishes against Alfreton.

Following the match, Richardson said: “He’s a young boy and he’s still learning. If he improves at the rate of knots we think he will, he’ll have a good future.”

Former Bolton Wanderers trainee Jay Lynch, 21, was named in goal for Chesterfield in the absence of Tommy Lee and Aaron Chapman.

Lee (abductor) is making strides towards the first time picture and could be involved as early as Saturday’s trip to Lincoln City.

Chapman is expected to be out for a month with a minor injury.

Drew Talbot and Liam Cooper were missing while Jay O’Shea was taken off shortly after setting up Gnanduillet’s second of the game on Tuesday night.

Richardson confirmed the Irishman felt some tightness in his thigh and was taken off as a precaution.