LOAN signing Callum McFadzean adds much needed strength down the Burton Albion left says manager Gary Rowett.
McFadzean, 20, arrived at the Pirelli Stadium on an initial one-month deal from Sheffield United yesterday.
“He’s a player we’ve been after for a while and luckily enough (Blades boss) Nigel Clough has helped us out and allowed him to come,” said Rowett.
“Looking down the left we’ve only Damien McCrory and Jimmy Phillips – just two players down there.
“Callum can cover both positions.”
McFadzean arrives just days after Zeli Ismail was ruled out for the rest of the season.
Ismail tore a hamstring in the 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon and faces six to eight weeks on the sidelines.
Comparisons should not be drawn between McFadzean and the Wolves starlet says Rowett – with the two players operating on different flanks and posing a different threat.
“Callum is certainly not a direct replacement and a different type of player (to Ismail),” said Rowett. “He’s an aggressive runner, has a good touch and is a good footballer. He will add extra strength down that left side.”
Rowett’s relationship with Clough was a key component in yesterday’s deal.
“Nigel has always been really helpful to me since I became a manager,” said Rowett.
“I played under him at Burton and he always tries to help us – obviously if it’s right for his club and the player as well.
“Nigel could have done what a lot of managers do, and tried to keep all his players there.
“Callum also had a little bit of time at Chesterfield so he knows what this division is about.”
Rowett has not ruled out further additions to his squad, but will wait until after today’s trip to Scunthorpe United, kick-off 3pm, before making a decision on other signings.
The Brewers boss also wants to see if players currently at the Pirelli can step up to the mark.
He said: “I had an opportunity to bring in another winger.
“But we’ve got Marcus Harness who, for me, has done everything he needs to do other than play.
“He’s in the squad (today) and will more than likely be on the bench.
“If I think he can handle it then maybe he’s the direct replacement (for Ismail).
“We have done it with Matty Palmer – bringing him through – who has been as good as any midfielder.
“If we can get Marcus involved in the run-in it will be a massive boost going into next season.”