Stuart McCall has confirmed the arrival of Mike Grella on loan from Leeds Utd, and he hopes that the American can put ‘Well back on the goal trail.
23-year old Grella is highly thought of by the Elland Road hierarchy and McCall expects the front man to be a success north of the border, potentially starting this Saturday against Hibs at Fir Park.
[onlymembers]“We’ve brought in Mike Grella on loan until the end of the season. He’s been on loan to Carlisle for a couple of months. Leeds have got massive hopes for him so hopefully he’ll come up here and score some goals.
“I’ve spoke to a couple of players and coaches down there and they speak highly of him. Leeds are only letting him go because they have three or four strikers on good form. The kid’s hungry to succeed and we are happy to give him a platform.
“We are happy to be keeping clean sheets, but we need to start finding the net in the SPL, hopefully Mike can help us do that.”
The ‘Well gaffer is still on the hunt for options to beef up his squad, following the departure of Reynolds, Blackman, Gow and Fitzpatrick, and there could be more good news on the horizon for claret-and-amber fans.
McCall has made no secret of his desire to bring in a left-winger and there could be move on that front in the near future.
“I’ve been out scouting and working hard looking for players. I really could do with a left centre-back and a left winger,” the former Bradford gaffer admitted. “I’m hoping to bring a wide player in within the next 24 hours, so he could hopefully play on Saturday. That would give us some competition in the wide areas.
“A left-sided centre-back and a wide player would see me happy with my squad of players, having used up my transfer budget for this month.
“Hopefully there won’t be any outgoings either, and with Stevie Saunders coming back to fitness there is plenty to be positive about at the moment.
This weekend sees Motherwell face Hibs, who are coming off the back of a massively disappointing Scottish Cup defeat to second division Ayr United. The Hibees are also languishing in tenth spot in the SPL, only ahead of St. Mirren on goal difference.
All things considered, this could be a great chance for the Steelmen to gain revenge for the two SPL defeats to the Easter Road club this season – but McCall is taking nothing for granted.
“I was at the Hibs game the other night and, although I was pleased for Brian Reid, I felt sorry for Colin,” the gaffer said of his former Scotland team-mate.
“Hibs didn’t play poorly and had a couple of really good chances; perhaps on chances they should have won the game, but when you are the bottom sometimes things go against you.
“I’ll focus on our team. We will send the lads out in a positive frame of mind and hopefully we’ll get the win and start climbing the table again.”[/onlymembers]