SHAKERS’ on-loan winger Greg Wylde is certain to make his debut at Gigg Lane in Saturday’s FA Cup second round clash with League Two form side Southend United.
The 21-year-old Bolton Wanderers man joined Kevin Blackwell’s side last Friday, but the Bury manager decided against throwing the former Rangers wide boy into the mix for their clash with big spending Bournemouth which ended in a high-quality 2-2 draw.
But Blackwell pledged in the aftermath of the game that Wylde would be the first name on his team sheet for the weekend.
“I like to bring people in and say to them ‘ look at what we do and see how we play’, instead of throwing them in,” said Blackwell.
“We only had Friday with him in training and I wanted him to watch us play against Bournemouth before putting him in the side.”
In keeping with his strategy since arriving at the club on September 26, Blackwell has left no stone unturned in his preparation against Southend, and sees a run in the FA Cup as a way of boosting the Shakers finances and with it his chances of strengthening his squad further.
“It’s a massive game for us, but Southend are on fire at the moment, so we will have to be at our best to beat them. But it goes without saying how important the FA Cup is to our finances.”
With strikers David Healy and Andy Bishop as well as defender Adam Lockwood still injured, the Bury squad is still short on numbers, but Blackwell will have 30-year-old Seb Carole to call on who signed for the club on non-contract terms this week after training at Gigg for the last few weeks. Frenchman Carole was also signed by Blackwell during his tenure at Leeds United and played 40 games at Elland Road. He goes straight into the squad for the game.
Carole started his carreer in 2002 with Monaco with whom he figured in the Champions League final squad of 2004, although he never played in the 3-0 defeat to Porto, and arrived in the English game at West Ham two years later.
The Bury League One survival cause was also boosted this week when QPR allowed on-loan striker Troy Hewitt, who has scored in the Shakers’ last two games, to stay until January 3.
Nevertheless, Blackwell is reconciled after that date to having to rebuild the Gigg Lane team yet again.
“I have my loan players (Matt Doherty of Wolves, Leeds’ Zac Thompson, Wylde, Tom Hopper of Leicester and Hewitt) until January, and, after that point, I am looking at building the team again for the second half of the seaon.”