SPIREITES: Chesterfield FC confident in squad despite attempts to strengthen

Leam Richardson
Leam Richardson

Leam Richardson is confident in the squad already assembled at Chesterfield, despite the club’s attempts to strengthen.

Spireites were looking to bolster their ranks on loan deadline day (Thursday) but were unsuccessful in their pursuit of targets.

The only movement at the Proact Stadium was in the other direction with midfielder Ollie Banks joining Northampton Town on a month’s loan.

“We’re trying to improve all the time,” said assistant manager Richardson. “We did look at a few avenues we wanted to go down but it wasn’t very productive.

“We’ll consistently look. We feel like we’ve got a good squad if we can keep this squad fit we can get the results.

“It’s always frustrating when you can’t bring anyone in, you always want to strive to be better and add quality players to the ones you’ve already got.”

Richardson believes Banks will benefit from playing regular football and backed the midfielder to go on and have a bright future with Chesterfield.

“Ollie Banks is a young player and still learning the game,” he said. “He’s been very good for us since he came in to the club.

“We need Ollie Banks to play games and we’ve seen when he’s played games consistently he is a very consistent player.

“We’ve felt over the last month or so, he hasn’t had the minutes we can give him with Sammy and Jimmy doing so well.

“He’s had a few niggles alongside that and we felt at Northampton he’ll get the minutes to get him up to speed.”

His exit will undoubtedly see Sam Morsy return to the starting line-up at Crawley Town on Saturday, after he sat out the win over Barnsley through suspension.

Sam Hird is unlikely to feature, however, despite the former Doncaster Rovers man coming through a midweek practice match at Lincoln City unscathed. He is due to see a specialist.

Drew Talbot is still a couple of weeks away from action.

Dan Gardner, Georg Margreitter and Armand Gnanduillet also got minutes under their belts and Richardson said the squad is full of confidence ahead of the trip south.

“The lads work tirelessly hard during the week. They’re full of belief,” added Richardson.