Riga wants ten more signings this month

Jose Riga talks to one of his new boys, John Lundstram
Jose Riga talks to one of his new boys, John Lundstram
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Jose Riga wants another 10 signings before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

The Blackpool manager has made 12 additions to his squad since taking over in June but was left in the bizarre situation of being able to name only two senior substitutes for Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Belgian defender Jeffrey Rentmeister and French full-back Joe Dielna both arrived at Bloomfield Road over the weekend but Riga isn’t ready to stop there.

The 57-year-old takes charge of his second game at Shrewsbury in the Capital One Cup tonight, and he knows there’s plenty more work to do in the transfer market.

Riga said: “I need 10 more players before the end of the transfer window but I’m a realist.

“It’s more important we get the quality rather than the quantity. My obsession is to be able to build a competitive team here.

“We will grow as a team and get results. I’m sure we can do it but at the moment I just want more players.

“That isn’t me being difficult – I just want to bring more quality players to the squad.

“I want to have choices and I need a lot. It’s now up to other people to take care of the money and do the deals.”

It’s been a crazy summer at Bloomfield Road, with talk of constant rows between Riga and chairman Karl Oyston.

But the Belgian insists he is fully committed to the job. He added: “There’s no doubt about my future. My only focus is Blackpool, to get some players and to be consistent and efficient.

“I want to give the fans what they deserve.

“I’m here in Blackpool and I want to build a new squad here.

“It wasn’t easy training with six or seven players but it’s not about complaining now – it’s about finding solutions. All the squad and the staff are focused on the same idea and we will do it.”

Riga was forced to play several players out of position on Saturday, the main victim being David Perkins.

In the absence of a registered left-back, Riga slotted the midfielder into his back four and was full of praise for the former Barnsley man.

“I had to put David Perkins at left-back, which wasn’t ideal,” he said.

“He really showed a lot of character but he’s like that.

“It was difficult for him at first but I thought as the game went on he got better.”