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Three To Watch: Scunthorpe

25 January 2018

This Saturday Scunthorpe United visit Roots Hall as Chris Powell steps up and takes charge of his first Blues game since his appointment as Manager...

Graham Alexander's squad are fourth in League One after winning 14, drawing nine and losing six games this season.

Here we take a look at three threats in the Iron squad that could be selected to face Blues this weekend.

Duane Holmes

Duane Holmes became part of Graham Alexander’s squad in 2016, joining the Iron from Premiership side Huddersfield Town.

In his first season with Scunthorpe he was selected on a number of occasions, but he failed to hold down a regular starting position and towards the end of the season he featured more on the bench than on the pitch, making over 30 appearances in his debut season.

However, this season Holmes has become a regular starter having already made over 30 appearances, proving a threat in front of goal this season after scoring six goals in the league.

Ivan Toney

Ivan Toney joined Scunthorpe on loan from Newcastle in this transfer window and has already played two games for the Iron.

The 21-year-old played for Scunthorpe last season, joining in January and playing until the end of the season.

Toney made 17 appearances for the Iron in the second half of the 2016/17 season, scoring once in the FA Cup and six times in the league. It was his goal scoring form in the final games of the season that almost sealed promotion to the Championship for the Iron.

(pic Ivan Toney playing for Scunthorpe last season)

Lee Novak

Lee Novak signed for the Iron on transfer deadline day, leaving Charlton Athletic to join Graham Alexander’s side.

Novak was a transfer target for Blues last season after showing impressive form with his former side Chesterfield, but during the final stages of the transfer he opted to join Charlton Athletic.

Novak has played a key role in the Iron squad, featuring 26 times for the Lincolnshire side, scoring four goals since his arrival.


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