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Cook Searches for Strikers

17 May 2014

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Spireites manager Paul Cook revealed that he is looking to sign more than one striker this summer as Chesterfield head towards a season in League 1.

The Liverpudlian also explained that he is looking to send Armand Gnanduillet out on loan leaving Eoin Doyle as the only recognised forward at the club. 

He said: “We are looking to bring a striker or two in. It’s a very difficult position to fill because to play up front on your own is very difficult.

“The plan is for Armand Gnanduillet to go out on loan at the start of the season. I do believe he will come on leaps and bounds by playing regularly."

Cook feels that his preferred style of play encourages goals from all areas of the pitch and having a strong striker helps to introduce other attacking threats. 

“I do think we need some physicality up there, some strength,” explained the manager before adding: “Hopefully that will add to us being higher up the pitch more and allowing other people to score more.

“I think people know my preferred style is playing with one up-front and passing our way through the pitch rather than going from A to B quickly.

“The pressure’s got to be on us to score goals as a team – something I think we’ve done very well this year.”

Earlier this week it was announced that Sam Togwell, Jamie Devitt, Matty Brown and Jacob Hazel would be leaving Chesterfield and the manager took time to acknowledge the hard work put in by the players this year. 

He said: “I’ve said from day one how much of a pleasure it’s been to work with this group of players, including the lads that have been released.

“They’ve all contributed to what’s been a very successful season for us but football clubs must go forward.

“If I thought that squad was good enough to take us into the next league I’d stick with it. Unfortunately there must be change, we must try to get stronger and stronger.”

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