SPIREITES: New Chesterfield recruit Angel in contention for start at Shrewsbury Town

Dean Saunders
Dean Saunders

Dean Saunders’ new signing Angel is in contention for a start at Shrewsbury Town this evening.

The 29-year-old former Espanyol and Blackpool central midfielder, who has earned a two-year deal, has been keeping himself fit since leaving Millwall in the summer.

He said: “I need the ball like I need my family, and Chesterfield looks like a family place.”

Angel trained with the squad yesterday and indicated he’s ready to play and is excited at the prospect.

The Spaniard could come in to play alongside Sam Morsy, meaning Ollie Banks may make way, whilst winger Gboly Ariyibi also pressed his claims for a start with a busy appearance off the bench at Bramall Lane.

With Lee Novak also bedding in to the squad, the strength of the first eleven is looking greater than a few days ago and Saunders has indicated he still wants a player who can play “anywhere across the back four”.

Only the suspended Mani Dieseruvwe is absent from the Chesterfield squad.

Micky Mellon’s promoted Shrews lost their home opener against Millwall but then won in the Capital One Cup at Blackburn Rovers before earning a more than decent point at Bradford City on Saturday.

Strikers Jim Collins and Tyrone Barnett have both scored a couple of goals each ahead of a diamond shaped midfield, a change from last season’s 3-5-2 favoured formation for Mellon.

Home grown defender Connor Goldson has been Shrews’ outstanding player of late in a team that also includes ex-Millers Matt Sadler, Martin Woods, the latter also appeared for Doncaster, under Saunders, and Barnsley; skipper is former Red Liam Lawrence.

Spireites have lost just one of their six trips to Shrewsbury this century and will be hopeful of picking up their first travelling rewards of the campaign.