Where Dunfermline Athletic need to strengthen in the mid-season transfer window

Allan Johnston expects there to be at least a few ins and outs during January. In my mind, there are three players the Pars require to be brought in over the course of next month and these are the positions that need to be addressed.

Centre Back – Central Defender

With Ben Richards-Everton out for a while after knee surgery, and Lewis Martin being the utility man across the back line, an experienced head that can play on the left side of either Callum Fordyce or Lee Ashcroft would be ideal.

Neither Fordyce or Richards-Everton are contracted for next season, so this signing is not necessarily a priority, but it may be good to get a player on a pre-contract for the next tilt at the Premiership playoffs.

Player comparison: Frazier Wright (Dumbarton)

Defensive Midfielder – Ball Winning Midfielder

With the captain, Andy Geggan rotating between centre midfield and right back. A player that can step in for him and protect the back four would be a popular transfer that would be heralded by supporters.

As Nat Wedderburn is not always the first – or last – on the teamsheet, it may be a footballer that can step right into the starting 11.

Player comparison: Mark Miller (Queen of the South)

Central Midfielder – Deep Lying Playmaker/Advanced Playmaker

Lewis Spence is destined for the door having made six appearances for the club under Johnston’s tenure having seen himself loaned out to League One Brechin City twice this calendar year.

There is also no agreement with Blackpool to extend John Herron’s loan further than the new year. Consequently, a replacement for the attacking midfielder would be wise. Principally a playmaker with the drive from the middle of the field, who is willing to travel with the ball, running at the heart of a defences.

Player comparison: Michael Tidser/Conor Pepper (Greenock Morton)

Centre Forward – Advanced Forward/Target Man

Farid El Alagui’s deal ends shortly while Michael Moffat is out of contract on June 1st, and Gavin Reilly will be departing back to Hearts at the end of the campaign if not sooner.

All of them have been unable to live up to the expectations set by Nicky Clark, someone who can compliment the assistant manager’s son Sandy would be a shrewd investment to the squad, especially going on to next season.

Player comparison: Calum Gallagher/John Sutton (St Mirren)

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