Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton has suggested that his next loan signing will have plenty of Football League experience. At present the Glovers have four players on loan contracts at Huish Park, but all four are in their teens, with little experience to their names. The overall make-up of the team is very young, particularly with both team captain Stefan Stam and club captain Scott Murray currently sitting on the bench.
Added to that, the Glovers have lost 29 year old Danny Schofield to Millwall in the last week, lowering the average age of the starting eleven even further and taking a man out of a midfield area that has yet to settle so far this season. Speaking to the Western Gazette, Skiverton said that his goal was clear, but that he would not be hurried in the matter:
"We need to strengthen and we are trying to get in a bit more experience to help out the squad. That will be my next port of call, but the lads who have been on loan so far have been brilliant. It is a case of biding my time. We have got one more loan available and I want to make sure it is the right one."
Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has suggested that the club could get in more than the one loan that Skiverton speaks of, but is mindful of the rule that prevents clubs from selecting more than five loans within a single matchday squad:
"We are working on a few options. We have got four on loan at the moment and we can get in only one more who can play. We are not restricted in getting in two loans, but you can only play five in any one fixture and we would have to make a special decision. If the right player comes along and is going to strengthen the side in the right areas, then we will look at it."
One possibility for the club regarding any thoughts on a 6th loan could well be to wait and see whether striker Jonathan Obika gets a call-up into the England Under-20 World Cup squad. The Spurs Academy graduate was on a preliminary squad of 30 players for the tournament in Egypt and should find out tomorrow if he is in the actual squad of 21 players for the competition that takes place between September 24th and October 16th.
On a worst case scenario (or best case if you place your England priorities higher) Obika would miss five matches and that may be seen as too long to live without a player who is at present Yeovil's key striker. However, if Obika is not selected in tomorrow's England squad, then it is difficult to see what benefit a sixth loan player would give the Glovers given that the four they have at present are - when fit - some of the more impressive performers so far this season. They may be better off waiting for the inevitable injuries and suspensions to kick in during the autumn months before making any moves beyond more obvious need to find a replacement for Danny Schofield.
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