Clark admits loan selection headache

Jacob Murphy is one of seven loan players at Blackpool
Jacob Murphy is one of seven loan players at Blackpool
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Lee Clark admits he’s given himself a headache by adding eight new signings since he arrived, but insists it had to be done.

The Blackpool boss now has seven loan players at the club but can only name five in his match day squad.

John Lundstram missed out for the draw against Bolton last week and it looks likely the Everton man will again miss the cut for tomorrow’s trip.

But with the addition of Kevin Foley and Stuart O’Keefe on loan yesterday, it means one of Joe Lewis, Donervon Daniels, Tom Kennedy, Jacob Murphy, Foley and O’Keefe will have to be left out of the squad.

It is something Clark is only too aware of.

“The number of loan players is an issue as we have seven, but we needed to do that,” he explained.

“There will be a couple of disappointed loans each week but they have to understand it’s needed.

“I needed to get the quality right which I think was necessary to improve the squad.

“It’s a difficult one for me, to be fair.

“All the loan players have made contributions and are good professionals.

“It’s something I’ll have to do, I’ve made decisions on some players who have had to leave as well.

“It’s going to be a tough call and there will be one or two disappointed.

“But we’ll explain that it could be someone else different the week after, we are just trying to pick the right group to get us the win.”

Clark quickly made judgements on a number of his squad at Bloomfield Road and almost instantly made 10 players available for transfer.

Tomasz Cywka (Rochdale) and Francois Zoko (Bradford) headed out on loan, while Bobby Grant remains with League Two side Shrewsbury Town.

And Clark has been pleased with his business so far and insists Pool’s league position hasn’t had an effect.

He said: “It’s been reasonable really, I don’t think the players I’ve wanted have been too concerned about our position.

“Only one player who I spoke to decided not to come to us and went elsewhere, but all the others have been happy to take on the challenge.

“Players see it as a challenge for them as well to try and get us out of this.

“We’ll all feel unbelievable if we can get out of this and it will rank up right up there with their achievements in the game.

“That’s how the players will be looking at it too.”