Bentley: We need fresh faces in January window

Joe McGee holds onto possession for Morecambe. Picture: Mike Williamson
Joe McGee holds onto possession for Morecambe. Picture: Mike Williamson

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley believes it is vital he strengthens his squad in the January transfer window.

The Shrimps manager may have one of the smallest budgets in the Football League to work with but he is hopeful of bringing in one or two fresh faces on the back of a tough Christmas and New Year period where several younger players have seen first-team action.

Bentley’s side welcome Wycombe Wanderers to the Globe Arena on Saturday having seen Robbie Threlfall’s late volley seal a 1-1 draw at Torquay and end a run of two defeats.

The Shrimps boss said: “I’d like to add to the squad.

“It definitely gives you a lift and I think we’ve been a little light on bodies since day one.

“That’s the way it is. We’re not one of the bigger clubs blessed with the financial clout that some of the other teams in our league have.

“We knew we’d be a little bit stretched and we’ve seen that, naming a youthful bench at times and going with five subs.

“Within our 20, 21, we’ve got untried players who have done well like (Joe) McGee at Torquay and (Joe) Mwasile and (Chris) Doyle at York.

“But you can’t hang your hat on them, they are only young lads.

“(Alex) Kenyon’s come from non-league but thankfully he’s taken to league level and we’ve got a 38-year-old player coach (Stewart Drummond). You can’t expect him to keep going and going and going.

“We’ve played against teams this year and seen what a new face can do.

“If we can get new blood in, I know exactly where I need to strengthen.”