Manager Michael Brown has said he may bring in an experienced keeper to cover for Rob Lainton’s absence from injury.
It would seem an odd move after Brown brought in two keepers in Lainton and Sam Horny to challenge Ryan Boot and with youngster Joe Slinn in the wings but the move could make sense.
Lainton has been plagued by injuries during his time at Bury and is ruled out with a knee injury for at least some weeks. Boot appears to have slipped down the pecking order after briefly being Vale’s number one when Jak Alnwick and Miguel Santos left, critics would argue that Hornby, who made his debut on Saturday, made some mistakes and is inexperienced while Slinn is unavailable after being sent to Stalybridge Celtic on loan.
Brown told the media: “We are always looking [for new signings]. He [Hornby] is a young boy. The plan was to filter him in and maybe have a couple of games, probably the games against Newcastle and Oldham etc [in the Football League Trophy] would have been nice to blood him in. But he has had to go straight in the deep end.
“Possibly he will be disappointed with the second goal, and these are the things that change games. We have to look at that but he is a young boy and he has a good future.”
Who should they sign?
Chris Neal, second choice at Fleetwood remains a huge fans favourite while Shay Given, currently a free agent after being released by Stoke City was linked in the summer but who else should Vale bring in as experienced cover? Or should they keep faith with Hornby and/or Boot?