Arveladze: “I believe that we will become stronger” – News

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 days of the transfer window, along with the permanent securing of Ryan Longman from Brighton and Hove Albion.

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

“It’s never easy to sign in January. At the end of the day, I’m happy with more numbers. We still have a lot of games to play and I think we will get stronger.

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

“I’m surprised how he’s adapted,” Arveladze explained.

“I saw him very active with the boys from the first session. We have a great group of boys here and they made him feel welcome. I saw him standing up and talking to the boys after practice and that’s great to see.

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

“He showed great finishing in training,” added Arveladze.

“When no one expected him, he was able to turn around and smash the ball (to score). I think we made the right decision (signing him). He’s a player who gives us back stronger.

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

“He has a good touch and timing in midfield,” Arveladze said.

“He can sense when to move on, when to take his time and when to switch sides. He’s shown all of that so far in training. He’s a smart player. »

Along with 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 the closest to 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 MKM, Arveladze says he expects another tough game.

“We have to score points,” added Arveladze.

“We want to play well and win by playing well, but it’s a matter of points.

“Our opponents also made some changes (with the appointment of Ryan Lowe). He arrived with a different point of view and wants to play a little more than before.

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

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