Evatt Faith In Current Crop

Ian Evatt is backing his current crop of players to keep taking Wanderers forward beyond the transfer deadline.

The Whites look unlikely to do any further business ahead of the closing of the summer transfer window at 11pm on Thursday night.

And if that’s the case, Evatt will be happy with the resources at his disposal after following up a productive January window with five new arrivals since the end of last season.

“I’ve got a massive belief in the squad of players we’ve got and if we don’t manage to bring any more in then I’m more than happy with what we have,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“If there are deals to be done we will do them. But if not, we’re happy to walk away and back what we’ve got.

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“I think we’ve got lots of good players and we have to remember that.

“I have complete trust and belief in them. I think we’ve got good balance everywhere and pound for pound I think we’re getting really good value from the squad.

“I believe we’ve got a very good squad in all areas that are capable of doing special things.

“We have to go out there and prove that. But for now, if I don’t think the market value trades off with what I think we’ve got in the building already then the answer will be no and we’ll walk away.”

Wanderers have added to their ranks this week, with left wing-back Owen Beck signing on a season-long loan from Liverpool to join club-mate Conor Bradley, on-loan Manchester City goalkeeper James Trafford and defenders Jack Iredale and Eoin Toal in joining the Whites this summer.

Saturday’s visit of Charlton Athletic may come too soon for Beck to figure after a disrupted start to the season which began with an aborted loan move to Portuguese top-flight side Famalicao.

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But Evatt is delighted to have the Wales U21 international on board to provide an extra option on the left-hand side of the Whites’ line-up and potentially allow Jack Iredale to operate in a different defensive position if required.

“We feel Owen will give us something different to what we have in the building already,” Evatt added.

“The way Liverpool coach the players really suits how we do things – the intensity and front foot nature of it.

“There’s very little time needed for him to get up to speed. Fitness-wise, he needs a little bit of work because he’s not played too much football over in Portugal and their training methods are different to what they are.

“But we have no doubt he will be an important player for us this season.”

Declan John (calf) and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (hamstring) will miss Saturday’s game but are not too far from being back involved, while Eoin Toal and Josh Sheehan may need further game-time ahead of a return to League One duty after impressive returns for the Whites’ mid-week Papa Johns Trophy win over Crewe.

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