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Arveladze: ‘I believe we’ll get stronger’

4 February 2022

Head coach Shota Arveladze is delighted to have bolstered his squad with four new signings in January.

The Tigers signed Regan Slater, Allahyar Sayyadmanesh, Marcus Forss and Liam Walsh in the final few days of the transfer window, as well as securing Ryan Longman on a permanent basis from Brighton and Hove Albion.    

“We’re a little bit stronger (with these four signings) and have more options (to choose from),” said Arveladze.

“It’s never easy making signings in January. At the end of the day, I’m happy with more numbers. We’ve still got a lot of games to go and I believe we’ll get stronger.”   

Sayyadmanesh was the first signing to be officially unveiled on deadline day, and Arveladze has been pleasantly surprised by how quickly the 20-year-old striker has settled in.  

“I’m surprised with the way he has adapted,” explained Arveladze. 

“I’ve seen him looking very active with the boys from the first session. We’ve got a great set of boys here and they’ve welcomed him well. I saw him standing and talking to the boys after training and that’s great to see.” 

Marcus Forss also arrived on deadline day from Brentford, and will be fighting for his place in the starting line-up this weekend against Preston North End. 

“He’s shown some great finishing in training,” added Arveladze.   

“When nobody is expecting, he’s been able to turn and smash the ball in (to score). I think we made the right decision (by signing him). He is a player that makes us stronger.” 

Midfielder Walsh was the final signing to be confirmed as he joined on loan from Swansea City, and Arveladze says he is another great addition to the squad. 

“He has a good touch and timing in the middle of the field,” said Arveladze.  

“He can feel when to go forward, when to take his time and when to change sides. He’s shown all of that so far in training. He’s a smart player.” 

As well as the new signings, Arveladze also revealed that Alfie Jones, Callum Elder and Lewie Coyle have all returned to training in recent weeks, with the former closest to making a return to the side.  

However, Randell Williams and Mallik Wilks still have some way to go in their recovery.  

Ahead of this weekend’s game against Preston at the MKM, Arveladze says he is expecting another tough game. 

“We have to get the points,” added Arveladze. 

“We want to play well and win by playing well, but it’s about the points.  

“Our opponents have also made some changes (with the appointment of Ryan Lowe). He has come in with a different view and wants to play a little bit more than they were doing previously.  

“I think they are a very strong team, a physical team who keep going until the last minute, which is similar to most teams in the Championship. We’re ready for that.”

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