Date: 18th March 2008 at 12:12pm
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With yet another injury setback to Marcos Painter, which sees him sidelined for a anything between 3-6 weeks, has Roberto Martinez waited too long to consider the loan market for defensive back-up?

by cyjax
‘i think he needs to, if only to let the squad know they have to fight for a place’

The Swans have maintained one of the best defensive records all season thanks to a consistent back four of Rangel, Lawrence, Monk and Painter.

But that defence has been split with injuries to Monk, Lawrence and Painter in recent weeks.

We’ve conceded 7 in the last 3 games which has seen us lose 2 of those games and our lead at the top cut to 6 points.

Even with Painter’s injury this week, Martinez says he will still wait to make sure the players he has available can cope before dipping into the loan market.

Personally, he’s taking a risk and should be looking right now. Others will claim he should have strengthened in the January transfer window.

The only back-up defender we have is Kristian O’Leary, who many fans will say he is not a defender, having moved into midfield in 2005.

Roberto Martinez told the Evening Post:

‘We need to make a decision before the deadline next week, but my immediate concern is to see how the bodies we have got can cope with the demands we have in front of us.

‘We have another busy period ahead and over the next two or three days I will see how the players we have are.

‘If after that I feel they need a helping hand, we will move into the loan market before the deadline.’



Is Martinez too late in looking at the loan market for cover?

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