Left-field thinking: Is another winger really needed?

Left-field thinking: Is another winger really needed?

Rob Page has told the media that he would consider adding a left-winger to the squad, but should it be a priority?

Rob Fielding writes…

I’m no Football League manager so I feel slightly dubious about challenging the pronouncements of the Port Vale boss, but nevertheless I find it odd that Rob Page’s next priority signing would be a left-winger.

There will be no new arrivals at Vale Park until players are loaned out, but Page has told the Sentinel that if funds were available the left winger may be “a position we might be able to address.”

Page is no doubt looking to cover for the injured Enoch Andoh but arguably Vale’s bigger priority would be a consistent goalscorer upfront…

Page is no doubt looking to cover for the injured Enoch Andoh but arguably Vale’s bigger priority would be a consistent goalscorer upfront.

Even in Andoh’s absence, Vale have Ryan Lloyd, Sam Kelly and Colin Daniel as natural replacements plus the likes of Sam Foley and Byron Moore can also play on the left if required.

When you consider that Vale have loaned out Achille Campion and have Uche Ikpeazu on four yellow cards, isn’t a player who could find the back of the net more of a priority?

In Page’s defence, he was accused of over-loading central midfield in the summer but arguably the additions of Sam Foley and Anthony Grant plus the return of Michael O’Connor does give Vale the strongest midfield in years. It’s also not necessarily a simple task to find a regular goalscorer to bring in on loan.

But I’m sure that if one were available, Vale fans would be delighted.