Shrewsbury boss to accomodate midfielders

Shrewsbury Town boss Graham Turner believes he will be able to accommodate both Stephen McGinn and David McAllister in his congested midfield.

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The Town manager has landed himself with an embarrassment of riches in the middle of the park after taking McGinn on loan from Watford and signing former loanee McAllister permanently from Sheffield United.

The duo’s arrival will not only leave Aaron Wildig and Asa Hall down the pecking order, but could force Turner to reshuffle some of his more regular starters into different roles.

After McGinn’s arrival off the bench, Matt Richards finished last weekend’s home draw with Hartlepool on the left flank.

It’s not an unfamiliar position for the club captain, who was regarded as a left-back by Ipswich at the start of his career, while neither is the fit-again Luke Summerfield averse to playing out wide.

Turner said: "Good players can adjust to anything and there will be no problem fitting Stephen into the side. We have got a number of combinations.

"The majority of David McAllister’s games for Sheffield United this season have been wide on the right hand side.

“Matt Richards can play wide on the left, Aaron Wildig can play wide on the right and Luke Summerfield could play wide either side.

“We have also got Paul Parry coming back from injury so there’s lot of options there.”

After his classy display in the midweek reserve outing against Morecambe, Scotland under-21 international McGinn is in contention for a starting place at Swindon tomorrow.

Turner said: "Stephen was out for a couple of years with his knee injury, so it was a case of us easing him into things.

“He’s had time on the pitch against Scunthorpe and Hartlepool and I’m sure he would tell us he’s not come here to play reserve-team football, but to get himself fully match fit for Championship football.

“He’s looking a decent player from what we’ve seen in training.”