Doncaster Rovers: Grant McCann not planning much more business in transfer market

Mallik Wilks
Mallik Wilks

Grant McCann confesses he is not looking to carry out much more transfer business this summer.

The Rovers boss secured the signing of Scottish midfielder Ali Crawford on Tuesday.

And he followed up with the addition of forward Mallik Wilks on a six-month loan from Leeds United.

Along with the potential signing of trialist Paul Taylor – who featured in Tuesday’s friendly win at Frickley Athletic – McCann admits he would be satisfied with his lot in the transfer market.

Speaking ahead of the deal for Wilks being confirmed, he told the Free Press: “I think if we got that attacking player in then I’d be quite pleased.

“As soon as I came I in, I thought when I looked at the group without really seeing them in training, we probably needed another body in midfield, something different to what we already have.

“And I thought we needed a bit more quality in the forward areas.

“Speaking to Adam [Ridgewell] the analyst and he was telling me last year that when we broke as a team last year only eight per cent of those breaks came to a shot.

“That’s very, very low so I think we need to add to that and get some help to John Marquis who can get over 20 goals in this league.”

McCann sees Crawford as having the ability to play in either his midfield three or forward bank. But he says he will primarily compete for a place with the likes of James Coppinger, Tommy Rowe and Matty Blair.

Speaking about Wilks' qualities, he suggested the 19-year-old will bring additional pace to the front line as he looks to add to the threat of his squad.

“We were happy to wait because he’s another one that will add to us," McCann said.

“If we do get him he’s going to give us the in-behind pace that I think you definitely need in this league.

“I’ve got John who likes to go that way, but can go the other way.

“Alex Kiwomya can run. Alfie Beestin likes to come short. Alfie May likes to go behind.

“We want to have a mixture of all of those strengths and he would add to that."

McCann has pledged to give trialist Taylor – who he managed at Peterborough United – the opportunity to prove his fitness and earn a deal with the club.

Rovers will play a behind-closed-doors friendly at Leeds United on Saturday.