City look to loan as strikers out for weeks

Last updated : 05 November 2008 By Michael Morris
The double blow has left City short on attacking options and now Chairman Peter Ridsdale and manager Dave Jones are out looking for loan replacements.

"We're concentrating on the Premier League and I'm hopeful we'll have a Premier League striker in hopefully well before Saturday." said Ridsdale.

"We're going for the Premier League because clearly they are the players of a calibre and it's more likely they'll have a big enough squad to be allowed to have somebody out on loan.

"None of our Championship rivals want us to do well during this period so they won't help us and in lower leagues the ones that are doing very well are people they want to sell if at all and, of course, you can't buy until January."

At the moment Paul Parry and Eddie Johnson are City's only attacking players. Parry is a makeshift striker (and not a bad one) while Johnson has found it difficult to adapt to this level of football. He did put in a better effort against Wolves but prior to that he's really struggled.

Bothroyd and McCormack join Mark Kennedy, Riccy Scimeca and Tony Capaldi on the treatment table. City can just about manage to cover the midfield and full back places but Jones knows he needs help upfront.

"We need someone now because of what's happened," said the manager.

"It's whether clubs at this stage of the season are going to be prepared to let them out, but it won't be for the want of trying.

"You know now it's five players out, and big players for us which is hard to swallow."