Cheltenham Town video: It may be time to wheel and deal now
BOSS Mark Yates yesterday held talks with Cheltenham Town chairman Paul Baker over scope for strengthening his squad after the club's worst start to a League Two season.
The Robins head to Dagenham and Redbridge lying 22nd after 10 matches.
They were beaten 2-0 at Scunthorpe United last Saturday and Yates has asked the board about the possibility of reinforcements as he bids to find the winning formula.
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"Maybe we need to wheel and deal a bit now and it might be a case of getting something out before we can bring something in," Yates said.
"We are talking about how to go about it and I have spent every moment since last Saturday afternoon trying to work out what team and formation to play at Dagenham and how to best go about getting the best out of this group.
"We are trying to find the right blend, which we haven't done yet.
"Whether it's a left winger, a left-sided midfield player or an extra forward, we are looking and talking all the time and we will see what we can do."
Yates said he was keen to extend loan defender James Wilson's spell from Bristol City.
Wilson will miss the Dagenham match tomorrow due to his call into the Wales squad for their World Cup qualifying matches against Macedonia and Belgium.
That completes his first month at the Abbey Business Stadium.
"I want to keep James here, but it will come down to finances," Yates said.
With Wilson out, Steve Elliott is expected to return after two matches on the bench.
Yates is also set to thrust left-back and new dad Craig Braham-Barrett back into the starting line-up.
The former Macclesfield Town man has been out since August 31 with an ankle ligament injury.
His fiancee Leanne gave birth to their baby daughter Broggan on Wednesday night.
Yates said: "It will be good to have Craig back and he's had some good news personally this week, so he'll be buoyed by that and ready to go if we throw him in.
"I have no qualms about doing that because he is itching to get back playing and he's done all his rehabilitation and the squad is fully fit.
"Craig's return frees Matt Richards up and I have more options and more chance of getting that balance now.
"I will pick a team that is organised, solid, hard-working and competitive."