Chesterfield: Defence and midfield next on the agenda for Spireites boss Dean Saunders

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Having re-engaged Armand Gnanduillet and signed Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Spireites boss Dean Saunders will be looking closer at his defence and midfield over the next few weeks.

In addition to that pair of strikers, Saunders has Paul Cook’s January signing of Byron Harrison plus former Owl Mani Dieseruvwe in his stable, though the latter two still have to prove themselves at the Proact.

Harrison has shown some promise, he scored the vital goal in the away win at Bradford City, but lacked confidence at other times. Dieseruvwe has only been seen in glimpses in occasional cameo roles off the bench.

With predators circling round the likes of Sam Clucas and Tendayi Darikwa plus the possible loss of out of contract Jimmy Ryan, midfield looks an area that could need some reinforcing.

The manager remains hopeful Ryan may stay whilst Wigan, Reading and Scunthorpe are all targeting Clucas and multiple Player of the Year winner Darikwa is believed to be on Leeds United’s radar.

Chesterfield have turned down one formal bid for Clucas, from Scunthorpe, which was way below the club’s valuation and can hardly be seen as a positive career move for the player who joined from Mansfield Town last season; the Stags have a sell on clause to call on should he move for more than the amount he cost, believed to be approaching six figures.