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Gillingham manager Steve Lovell will target a striker when the transfer window opens in January

By Luke Cawdell

Another striker will be on Gillingham manager Steve Lovell's Christmas wishlist.

The Gills have until the end of this month before the transfer window opens for new recruits and despite having League 1's joint-leading scorer in their ranks, Lovell wants more.

Lovell, whose side travel to Scunthorpe on Saturday, said: "I think we could do with another.

Gillingham's Tom Eaves is the joint leading scorer in League1 Picture: Ady Kerry
Gillingham's Tom Eaves is the joint leading scorer in League1 Picture: Ady Kerry

"You can never have too many forwards. Most probably I will look in January to get another.

"Forwards are always judged on goals and sometimes, more

often than not, they will have a dip in their form and they don't score.

"It is important you can freshen it up. You can perhaps give someone a rest and chuck someone else in. We did it with Tom Eaves last year, he came back and scored goals and this year as well. I do it because of that reason.

"I have done it myself, where I have been taken out of the side. You come back and you are buzzing – get a goal and you are on the road again. It is nice to have options."

Gillingham's Conor Wilkinson is out on loan at Dagenham Picture: Ady Kerry
Gillingham's Conor Wilkinson is out on loan at Dagenham Picture: Ady Kerry

Eaves has 13 goals this season, 12 in the league to put him alongside Rochdale frontman Ian Henderson. Next best for the Gills is Elliott List with five, while Brandon Hanlan and Josh Parker have five between them.

Fellow strikers Liam Nash and Conor Wilkinson are out on loan, scoring goals in non-league circles, but their futures at Priestfield seem uncertain.

Lovell said: "Bradley Garmston has come on the scene as a wide-left player and he gives us an option.

"Elliott or Regan Charles-Cook can play wide and on Sunday we changed to a 4-4-2 for the last 15 minutes to stop Slough's wide players.

"We have Noel Mbo as well, who has been doing well in the reserves. We have a few options now."

Gills sit 18th in League 1 and go into Saturday against a side struggling for form on equal points.

Lovell said: "They have had a few bad results and we know what it is like. You go through a bit of bad form and it is hard to get out of it.

"They have got injuries and a couple of suspensions and with teams like us it is hard when you haven't got your full squad."

Scunthorpe were flying high last year but the Gills came away from Glandford Park with a win.

"That was a good win up there," added Lovell. "We were one point worse off last year than we are now.

"We had a bad blip in February and March, where we didn't have the best of times, so we are quite happy where we are at the moment and need to build on that."

The Gills will be without striker Hanlan this weekend because of a hand injury.

Read more on the Gills in this week's Medway Messenger newspaper

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