Last week Iron chairman Peter Swann revealed the club, like many in the Football League, are in a difficult financial situation and that they would need to trim the squad before further additions can be made this month.
It’s two in, two out, so far as Frank Vincent and Jake Taylor have already left following termination of their loan deals, but with fans hopeful the club will move for a striker Oliver Woolley runs the rule over a number of players who may still leave the club this January.
The most likely to leave the club this window is Andy Dales. The winger has been at the club for two and a half years but has never been able to claim a spot in the starting line-up. Despite promising appearances for the Under 23’s and cameos for the first team, no managers have regularly picked Dales in their team. With his contract running out this summer and a loan move already being touted by Cox, Dales’ departure looks most likely.
German target man Dunnwald-Turan joined Scunthorpe from the German fourth tier, with fans excited the club may have found another continental star like Kevin van Veen. He has not lived up to the promise though, having made just four appearances so far. He finds himself behind Ryan Loft, Aaron Jarvis and the injured Olufela Olomola and Kevin van Veen in the pecking order and Neil Cox has criticised his work ethic during training. With the Iron reportedly looking at other strikers, including Tom Pope, the German’s time in Scunthorpe may soon be coming to an end.
Despite a promising start to the season, Bournemouth loanee Cordner dropped out of the team after manager Neil Cox singled him out for a poor performance against Mansfield in the EFL Trophy. His playing time has increased of late given the injuries to Emmanuel Onariase and Harrison McGahey, but Cordner has still looked shaky at best. If the Iron can find a replacement and the aforementioned duo return sooner rather than later, don’t be surprised to see the young centre back recalled by Bournemouth.
Hallam joined the Iron from Sheffield United with a reputation as an exceptional talent, so much so that the Blades reportedly put a buy back clause in the deal which saw him join the Iron. The attacking midfielder has looked lively whenever he has played but injuries have massively hampered his progress and with many key players out with injury it is unlikely Scunthorpe afford another injury-prone player on the books.
Left-back Butroid came through the club’s academy and made a big impact. Making his debut in the EFL Trophy at just 18, followed by several games under Graham Alexander it looked like Butroid could make the left-back position his own. He never quite managed that and he has looked shaky when he has played during an injury-hit campaign this year. With Junior Brown returning from injury and Mason O’Malley breaking into the first team, Butroid’s future is increasingly likely to be away from the club.
Centre back Jacob Bedeau has been reportedly linked with Championship clubs since the Summer transfer window. The ex- Aston Villa youth player has started many games this season, but many Iron fans see Emmanuel Onariase and Harrison McGahey as the starting pair at centre-back. Should a good enough bid come in for Bedeau, the Iron may accept it to strengthen more of the squad.
Abo Eisa/ Alex Gilliead
While Iron fans may not want to see either of Eisa and Gilliead leave the club, it may be a necessity. Both players are out of contract in the Summer and Eisa especially has expressed he would like to play at a higher level. A large bid could prize either player away from Glanford Park but with the club’s league status at risk, it may be worth considering letting both leave for free to survive this season.
Kelsey may have been forgotten by many Scunthorpe fans as he has not made an appearance this season. Touted as the back-up to Rory Watson for this season, that all changed following the arrival of Mark Howard who took the number 1 spot leaving Watson as the substitute ‘keeper. Kelsey has mostly played as the under 23’s goalkeeper but the Iron could be looking to give that spot to the very promising Tom Collins. At just 21, Kelsey has plenty of time to improve, especially as a goalkeeper, and his value and wages will be low so this may be one player Scunthorpe look to keep.