Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lewington: Why I've Got to Sacrifice My Young Stars

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lewington: Why I've Got to Sacrifice My Young Stars

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Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY;KEN DYER

RAY LEWINGTON is poised to let some of his young Watford players go out on loan to generate some cash for a loan signing of his own.

The Watford manager, who allowed striker Scott Fitzgerald to go to Brentford on a month's deal last week, is keen to strengthen his injury-ravaged squad following two consecutive home defeats.

"I'm not dismissing bringing anyone in," said Lewington. "I'll need to let a couple of the lads go out to generate the cash. I don't want to say who it might be yet because I haven't told them."

Although Watford have banked more than [pounds sterling]1.1million from their cup exploits this season, all of the money has gone towards paying off their sizeable debts.

The cash-strapped Hornets have slipped to within seven points of the relegation zone after fielding inexperienced line-ups in the recent defeats to Coventry and Nottingham Forest.

Lewington said: "When everyone is fit, we have a good side.

When we have a couple of injuries we are still decent as the kids have come in and done so well. When we are missing a lot of players we can't cope.

Against Coventry we were without Sean Dyche, Gavin Mahon, Brynjar Gunnarsson, Paul Devlin, Neal Ardley and Heidar Helguson.

"We are bringing in all these inexperienced players and it doesn't work."

For tomorrow's derby at Queens Park Rangers, leading scorer Helguson is poised to return after missing three games with a knee injury.

Rangers boss Ian Holloway has a fully fit squad to choose from and has set his team the target of the last playoff slot.

He said: "I want 72 points this season. It might be a tall order, but that's what I want. Anybody can beat anybody in this division and we will try to go forward."

WEST HAM were today hoping to sign Shaun Newton from Wolves for the rest of the season. …

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