Striker on Seasiders’ shopping list

Gary Bowyer is seeking a front player this month
Gary Bowyer is seeking a front player this month

A new striker is at the very top of Gary Bowyer’s wishlist for Blackpool’s January transfer window.

The Seasiders continue to struggle without injured forward duo Kyle Vassell and Mark Cullen, who are still thought to be some way off a return to first-team action.

It’s fair to say Blackpool have struggled in their absence with their top-scoring strikers – Nathan Delfouneso and Danny Philliskirk – both only finding the back of the net on two occasions in the league this season.

Bowyer has made no secret of his desire to strengthen his forward options.

Whether or not he will be permitted to do any business this month is, however, another matter entirely.

The club remains up for sale and its owners, the Oyston family, continue to look for cash-saving measures.

Speaking after the 2-1 win at Rochdale, Bowyer said: “We’ve put lists together and we’re waiting on other clubs coming back to us before we know what we can do and can’t do.

“But there has to be the availability of the player first and foremost.

“It’s no secret that we’re very light at this moment in time at the top end of the pitch.”

Blackpool returned to winning ways on New Year’s Day as they posted a 2-1 victory against League One relegation strugglers Rochdale.

Bowyer made wholesale changes for the clash at Spotland, but it paid dividends as the Seasiders won for the first time in nine attempts.

He added: “We were without Max Clayton who got injured in training. Armand (Gnanduillet) was injured from the Plymouth game as was Dolly Menga.

“We had Rowan Roache on the bench which just shows you how stretched we were - not because of Rowan, but because of the players we were missing.

“So it was a massive effort from everybody involved, but we felt we needed to make as many changes as we did to freshen it up and to just give us a bit more energy on what was an energy-sapping pitch.

“I think Callum Cooke has picked up a knock as has Ollie Turton, who I thought did brilliantly on his comeback after being out for a month.

“He picked up a bit of cramp so hopefully he recovers well. Apart from that we should be OK.”

Bowyer’s biggest call was to hand the goalkeeper’s jersey to Frenchman Christoffer Mafoumbi, who has been Blackpool’s third choice this season.

The 23-year-old replaced Ben Williams to make his league debut, just three games after Williams himself had replaced Ryan Allsop in between the sticks.

“It was a tough one, but I thought Mafoumbi did ever so well,” Bowyer said.

“The free kick early on, I thought he dealt with it brilliantly and then he’s got confidence from there.

“I’m just disappointed he hasn’t got a clean sheet because we’ve seen it back and the goal is offside.”