Evatt: Let's Make Window A Good One

Ian Evatt is happy with Wanderers’ transfer window moves but knows the end of the season will be the time to make a true judgement.

The Whites signed six players during a busy January, while allowing four to leave.

The squad has a powerful look with the striking nous of Cameron Jerome, proven EFL experience of Randell Williams and Victor Adeboyejo and exciting loan talents of Shola Shoretire, Dan Nlundulu and Luke Mbete making up a potent mix.

Wanderers have won three of their last four League One games, peaking so far with an outstanding 2-1 win at Charlton last Saturday when Shoretire, Adeboyejo and Jerome all made an impact.

And Evatt hopes results between now and the end of the season will fully vindicate Wanderers’ market moves as they aim to sustain a top-six challenge and keep alive hopes of winning the Papa Johns Trophy.

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“We’ll see how things develop but we’re happy with what we’ve done,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“Some turbulence, some ins, some outs, but that’s football and the nature of a transfer window.

“You always try to exit stronger than you entered. We were happy with the performance on Saturday and we think there’s more to come.

“For us, it’s just about concentrating on ourselves and making sure we’re doing the right things, following the right processes, performance-driven and hopefully come the end of the season we’ll look back on this window and say it was a very good one.

“We’re pleased with what we’ve done. But there’s no point us sitting here making predictions right now.

“I think come the end of the season, we need to look back on this window and say it was good business.”

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The arrival of new faces has certainly been timely with Wanderers also having to deal with a lengthy injury list.

Midfielder MJ Williams is to follow Jack Iredale and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in having surgery with a ‘tidy-up’ of his knee meaning around another four weeks out.

George Johnston is also out for a couple of weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain in the victory at Charlton, while Nlundulu needs another fortnight to fully recover from a hamstring injury.

Wideman Randell Williams has a minor hamstring issue but on the plus side, midfielder George Thomason is just two weeks away from being back in contention after being kept out since the start of December with a knee injury.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries,” Evatt added.

“But it just shows that the squad is a lot stronger now that we are able to manage and cope without the ones that are missing.”

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