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Steve Evans looking towards January transfer window to assess Gillingham squad

Gillingham boss Steve Evans says they may have to wait until January to add to their attacking department.

He’s planning to reassess the Gills squad during the next transfer window.

The Gills boss has been giving his assessment of the season so far

Evans has been looking to strengthen up top since the start of the season and said: “You are always looking, but I think now you are looking towards January, as to what players will be available permanent and maybe on loan.

“The first thing we need to do is assess all of our current squad that we have got and break those down, especially the loan players that we want to keep.

“We have the options to move them back if we had to, or the options to keep them, so they are big decisions and then assess anyone within the squad who is not really playing.”

The only senior player not currently involved is Bradley Garmston. Evans says a couple of non-league teams have come in for him but neither amounted to anything.

Evans added: “He will continue to play in our closed-door games and keep himself match-fit. He is a lovely kid, just not what we are looking for.”

Evans is content with his squad at present although he is running on low numbers.

“We are progressing nicely and Ipswich (last weekend) was a big test,” he said. “We are definitely team-wise and performance-wise heading very quickly in the right direction.

“We got cheered off on Saturday because the fans can see what we are producing, they can see some good stuff. We just aren’t getting any breaks, either defensively or going forward.

“The next big test will certainly be Oxford away (this Saturday). That will be as tough a place as we go this year. People talk about Sunderland and Peterborough but away to Oxford is as tough as anyone faces.”

Evans admitted his side needed to be more ruthless against Ipswich, wasting good chances in both halves.

He said: “You don’t need to be Einstein to see that if we had a fox in the box we would be a lot higher up the table.

“But the one thing our four strikers are doing, they are working incredibly hard.

“We want to continue making chances and playing well.

“Our performances are heading in the right direction and that as a manager or a head coach is something you have to believe in.

“If you are playing poorly and nicking a result that doesn’t continue but if you are playing well and not getting a result and dominating in periods then results do follow.

“This group has been put together from nowhere and I am sure it will go further in January when we evaluate it a bit more.”

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