January is always an interesting time for a football club, and it will be no different at The Memorial Stadium as Bristol Rovers look to bring in new additions as well as let players surplus to requirements go.
Graham Coughlan is in his first full season of management at Rovers after being appointed permanently last January, and he will have spent the first half of the League One season assessing which players will be capable of helping the Pirates push for a play-off spot.
Here are four players that face an uncertain January, with expectations having recently been raised at The Memorial Stadium…
The winger or attacking midfielder has struggled to feature regularly for Rovers so far this season, having only appeared nine times in League One throughout the four months of the campaign.
Having spent the second half of last season out on loan with Swindon Town, Coughlan now faces the decision of once again deciding just whether Bennett is better off staying with Rovers and being part of their squad, or whether he is sent out on loan or sold for a transfer fee.
Kelly has put in some good showings for the Pirates since signing for the club in 2017, but he has now slipped down to third choice at left-back after Tareiq Holmes-Dennis made his return from injury.
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The 22-year-old still has the potential to grow into a player that is capable of starting every week at League One level, and with time on his side, Coughlan may decide to loan him out to a League Two club next month to give him experience.
The youth product at The Memorial Stadium has made eight appearances for the Pirates across the past 18 months, and having recently returned from a loan spell with National League North side Gloucester City, he will be wondering where his next destination could be.
Coughlan may decide to try and speed up the central midfielder’s development by loaning him out to a League Two or National League side in January to bring the youngster out of his comfort zone slightly.
The striker will be the first to admit that he hasn’t had the best few years on the books of Bristol Rovers, and Coughlan may decide to part ways with one of his strikers next month.
Coughlan could opt to get a fee for the 2017 summer signing or instead decide to loan him out to a League Two side, despite him being a regular in the Pirates side this season.