Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that his summer goal is to recruit in 'four or five' quality first team players that can take his side to the next level. Having taken the club out of the relegation zone to a relatively comfortable 17th placed finish at the end of the 2011-12 season, the Glovers boss now has his first true chance to shape his squad in the way that he wants to.
Having watched his team lose 2-0 at the hands of play-off participants Huddersfield Town this afternoon at the Galpharm Stadium, Johnson was able to match his team up against where he wants his team to be in the long run. Speaking after the game, he believes that not all of his players are capable of reaching that standard, and so wants to bring in new blood over the summer:
"If I can add four or five to the six or seven players who are better than they have shown (today against Huddersfield), we are not going to be far away. The club has had a great second half to the season and we can't be too downhearted at this result. There is more to come from some of our players but we need a bit a strength, quality and pace to help them.
I am looking forward to the summer and doing some business. We have quite a good list of players we think we can bring in. We have some good players but we need them to be consistent."
Johnson admitted that Huddersfield had a few classy players amongst their ranks that were hard to compete with. He singled out strike pair Lee Novak, who cost the Terriers £150,000 from non-league Gateshead three years ago, and League One top scorer Jordan Rhodes who joined from Ipswich Town for a reported fee of £400,000, with further add-ons taking that figure closer to half a million.
He admitted that he would find it tough to match their sort of firepower and expenditure in the future, but said he was realistic about that situation when competing with the big boys:
"Huddersfield have done well over 46 games and have two goalscorers in Jordan Rhodes and Lee Novak. We haven't got their budget but we can't complain about that."
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