In the famous words of Jim White, ‘The clock is ticking.’ The January window shuts in a few short days and here we will go through the potential ins and outs to go alongside the arrival of Josh Barrett, Josh Ginnelley, Mitchell-Lawson and Jamal Blackman.
Gime is a striker garnering a lot of hype from League One and the SPL. The Hartlepool foward is now in his mid 20s and fine form this season could see the Frenchman finally get his move into the Football League. 11 goals in 19 starts, he may be a risk, but with time running out Rovers could well hedge their bets before the deadline.
Brandon Haunstrup has been heavily linked with The Gas this week. The young left back is wanting away, having been pushed down the pecking order by former Rovers man Lee Brown at Portsmouth. Despite left back not being a crisis position for the Gas, it is possible Ben Garner is considering the possibility of Tareiq Holmes-Dennis being moved further forward.
Another youngster and another potential solution to a problem position. Although formerly fit and firing, Rovers have suffered in the middle of the park, both in creativity and fitness. Olise is an energetic midfielder who, despite being the tender age of 18, has played 8 senior games for Reading, and is highly thought of long term by the Royals fans.
Right back has been a problem position for Rovers due to long term injury to Josh Hare and repeated injuries to Mark Little, both of who have only made single digit league appearances. Ethan is on the books of Manchester United and whilst yet to play any senior competitive football, he could be the gamble to kickstart a resurgence.
The final and perhaps most likely signing is of Wolves youngster Benny Ashley-Seal. The Gas are very light up top and Wolves are keen to get their young forward out and playing. After a reasonably successful loan spell in Portugal last season, Benny made his full debut just a few weeks ago, starting against Manchester United in the FA Cup.
It’s incredibly difficult not to feel sorry for Tom. Undeniable effort and commitment, the striker has only found the net four times in the league during his three year spell and his omission from the squad in recent games seems to be spelling the end. Nichols signed from Peterborough for a sum thought to be around 300k after prolific spells at Exeter and the Posh.
Young Michael Kelly has had to make do with development appearances despite a first team breakthrough last season. Signings of Luke Leahy and the return to fitness of THD have left the Scottish left back wanting away and links to the aforementioned Brandon Haunstrup won’t help his case.
Kyle Bennett’s cause has not been helped by the news of his high earnings and a long term contract. The attacker had a very productive first few months at The Gas but has struggled in the season and a half since. He was even sent on loan this time last year to Swindon and does have admirers, including them, but his contract demands may put potential suitors off at this time.
Whisper it quietly, but with a few days remaining and a host of interested parties, Clarke-Harris may still be on his way. Despite a difficult season injury wise and a current dry spell, Jonson remains the main man at The Gas since his signing just hours after deadline day last season.