Manchester United's Robbie Brady likely Hull City target, but Steve Bruce won't rush
STEVE Bruce admits he is scouring the loan market in an attempt to bolster his depleted Hull City squad, but stressed he will not act in haste to cover the loss of Matty Fryatt and Joe Dudgeon.
City’s promotion ambitions have been dealt a heavy blow in the last week with injuries likely to rule both Fryatt and Dudgeon out for the remainder of the season.
The loss of Dudgeon, who underwent knee surgery on Wednesday, leaves City short of left-sided defensive cover and in need of reinforcements before the loan deadline on November 22.
Bruce has already begun his search for a potential replacement and admits League Cup exits for the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool this week could open doors in the loan market.
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Robbie Brady, who spent last season on-loan at the KC from Manchester United, is thought to be one possible target after plying his trade as a left-back this term.
No new arrivals were expected before tomorrow’s home clash with Barnsley, but Bruce accepts he needs to strengthen in the coming weeks.
“It leaves me a bit thin but I’ve always been one where unless I can get someone to really improve us, then I’m not just going to bring anyone in,” Bruce told the Mail.
“We’ve got one or two irons in the fire that might come to fruition.
“For example, the big teams getting knocked out of the League Cup can open doors so we’ll scour and see what’s available over the next couple of weeks.
“The big teams usually want their young players to go out and get experience so we’ll see.
“There’s no need to panic that’s for sure. At the moment we’re not really close to much if I’m being honest.
“I’m quite pleased with what we’ve got but if there’s anyone out there who can improve us, then I’ll act.”
Bruce’s relaxed stance was evident yesterday as he allowed youngsters Liam Cooper to join Chesterfield and Jamie Devitt to join Rotherham on one-month loan deals.
Liam Rosenior is again expected to fill in as a left wing-back against Barnsley after impressing in a converted role against Bristol City.
The 27-year-old’s form could alleviate the need for immediate action, but Bruce knows it could still be a problematic area if he stays true to a 3-5-2 formation.
“With Dudge out at left back, I’d be foolish if I thought Andy Dawson could go and play the next 35 games there,” he added.
“I’m sure he would give everything he had to do that but you need to be sensible and have cover.
“That’s an area for concern but we’ve got four strikers, we’ve got a decent selection of central defenders and we’re okay in midfield.”
Bruce’s focus is not confined to new blood and he intends to finally tie down James Chester to a new and improved deal in the next month.
It is understood talks began between Bruce and the defender’s agent last night, with City keen to give Chester a new deal on increased terms.
All players out of contract at the end of this season, including Jay Simpson and Liam Rosenior, will have to wait until January to learn if they will win fresh deals.