Blackpool showed great fight and determination to secure a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday.
The Seasiders found themselves 2-0 down after just 20 minutes, as the hosts looked to be heading for all three points, but strikes from James Husband and Jerry Yates levelled the contest with 30 minutes left to play.
In what turned out to be a very evenly-contested match between the two sides, Blackpool secured their second point of the new campaign, remaining unbeaten away from home.
To ensure Neil Critchley can go into the new month with the strongest squad possible to continue facing the rigours of Championship football, here are two transfer situations that still need addressing…
Versatile midfielder Callum Connolly has been tasked with filling in at right-back in the higher division. The Seasiders secured the permanent signing of the Everton man this summer, and he has since played every minute of Blackpool’s opening four games.
The Lancashire club have been heavily linked with a move for Nottingham Forest right-back Jordan Gabriel this summer after the 23-year-old played a vital part in Blackpool’s promotion to the second-tier, whilst on loan last season.
The void that Gabriel has left, coupled with the departure of Ollie Turton, makes the right-back role a priority area for Blackpool, despite Connolly’s strong start.
Critchley has seemingly opted for youthful talent over Championship experience thus far this summer.
This notion of adding young players with quality and handing them second-tier experience is something that the Blackpool boss is hoping to continue.
Blackpool have emerged as interested in Crewe Alexandra winger Owen Dale, as reported by The Sun on Sunday (22/08, p.59). The 22-year-old scored 11 times and assisted another two last time out but has only accumulated 130 minutes of football so far this season.
Securing the promising winger is another situation that Blackpool will be hoping to complete sooner rather than later.