Four signings would make Riga happy

Jose Riga
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Jose Riga says four signings this week will finally make him a happy man at Bloomfield Road.

The Blackpool boss has been vocal in his need for reinforcements after a terrible start to the season which has seen them lose all five games so far.

Football’s transfer window closes on Monday evening, after which only emergency loans will be allowed until January.

And after a miserable start to life at Blackpool for the Belgian, Riga knows what he wants.

“I think we need a midfielder, a centre back, a winger and another striker,” he said.

“We maybe need a striker who is a bit different and maybe has more pace, and a powerful type of midfielder.

“So four very good players will make me very happy and we need it.”

After starting the summer with just six players, Pool now have plenty to choose from although appear to lack one or two players of real quality.

They face Millwall this weekend on the back of the worst start to a season by a Blackpool side in 116 years.

Riga last week hinted only one of the players he’s signed so far were on his target list at the start of the summer, but he’s backtracked a little.

He said: “I don’t want to seem like I’m disrespecting the players we have, because I’m not.

“That’s just the reality, we needed lots of players in and we’ve done that.

“But we need some more experienced players on the pitch now. It’s about quality for us now.

“Up to this point we’ve taken players because we needed some.

“When I looked at the CV of each Wigan player before Saturday, we just couldn’t compete.

“We can’t stay in this situation.

“It’s difficult this situation, that’s for sure.

“I want to always be able to compete in this division in every single game.

“I’m hoping that the next day or so will bring some news, and hopefully it’s good news.”

Riga has backed one of his most recent arrivals Jeffrey Rentmeister to bounce back from a disappointing first league start at the weekend.

The defender was played out of position in midfield and struggled before being taken off at the break.

But Riga says he’ll learn from it.

“I don’t like to focus on one player, but I tried to play him in there to be more solid,” the manager explained.

“I probably didn’t do him any favours by playing him out of position.

“He wasn’t the only reason we lost though, and he’ll learn from that.”