08:23 Saturday 21 December 2013

Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett plans for transfer window

Written byTOM SLOAN

SAFE HANDS . . . Dean Lyness has impressed in between the sticks in recent weeks, but Burton Albion will lack cover and competition in the goalkeeping department when Benji Siegrists loan deal from Aston Villa expires SAFE HANDS . . . Dean Lyness has impressed in between the sticks in recent weeks, but Burton Albion will lack cover and competition in the goalkeeping department when Benji Siegrists loan deal from Aston Villa expires

BURTON Albion boss Gary Rowett is considering his options in the goalkeeping department as the January transfer window looms.

Dean Lyness has put in a string of solid appearances between the sticks following the return of Jordan Pickford to Sunderland after he was recalled from his loan.

Benji Siegrist joined the Brewers on loan from Aston Villa as cover, but the Swiss keeper’s one-month loan will soon expire, leaving Rowett with a poser.

“Benji’s loan is up and there’s a decision to be made for the second goalkeeper in the squad,” he said.

“There’s an opportunity to do one or two things there.

“Dean’s done really well but that’s an area where we would be short of bodies (if Siegrist goes back to Villa).”

Aside from the goalkeeping position, Rowett has targeted some pace out wide to add another facet to his squad.

Albion are blessed with talent at centre-half, have plenty of strikers and enough bodies in central midfield to cope with all but the most serious of injury crises.

Out wide looks a little thinner, however, especially after the retirement of Rory Delap, who could have played on the right of midfield.

“I think we would still love to get some pace out wide,” said the manager. “Possibly that could be an impact player in a tight game.

“We’re always looking for that in those areas.

“Again, with Adam (McGurk) moving into the forward line, we’ve only got Jimmy (Phillips), Chris (Hussey) and Alex (MacDonald) who are what you would class as wingers.”

Generally, Rowett is looking to strengthen wherever he can and improve Burton as he goes along, much as he did in the summer with the arrival of the likes of McGurk and Hussey.

“There always one or two areas you’d like to improve,” he said.

“We’re always looking to try and get a player that’s going to change things for us and strengthen us.

“I think we’ve got a very, very good squad.

“The job is to see if I can move that forward.

“I think we’ve always looked at January as an opportunity to try to go again and add some competition for places.

“There are a few areas I’m looking at.”

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