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Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett targets left winger to complete summer signing jigsaw

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

By Tom Sloan

WIDE BOY ... Albion winger Marcus Harness.

WIDE BOY ... Albion winger Marcus Harness.

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GARY Rowett is looking to bring in one more player as he puts the finishing touches to his Burton Albion squad.

The Brewers boss is hoping to sign a left winger on loan once the emergency window is open next month.

"I've got my eye on one or two wingers but I don't think we'll be bringing in anyone permanently before the deadline," he said.

"We've got Lucas (Akins) and Marcus (Harness) who can play on the right side, but at the minute there's only Alex (MacDonald) who is that real out-and-out winger who can play on the left."

Although Callum McFadzean is a left-sided player, he is more defensive-minded, while Adam McGurk, who can play out wide, is now one of the four strikers.

Jimmy Phillips, meanwhile, is still recovering from torn knee ligaments. He is expected to return to action just before Christmas.

"We're waiting for the emergency loan window to open and the players in question aren't fully fit at the moment, but when we sign them people will realise why we waited," said Rowett.

The manager moved this week to bolster his striking department with the signing of Leicester youngster Jacob Blyth on loan until January.

The 22-year-old was with Albion for a month two years ago but injury limited him to just two substitute appearances.

Rowett is glad to have brought in a more physical frontman to complement McGurk, Stuart Beavon and Dominic Knowles.

"We needed to bring in a striker and that's why I brought Blythy in," said the manager. "He fills the void of a big striker with aerial presence. It gives us that balance up front.

"He's been here before and when I've seen him in under-21 games he's been very impressive and is a big, strong boy.

"When he gets up to speed with what we're doing in terms of our tactics I think he'll be a handful. He can win headers and have a physical presence."

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