Aidy Boothroyd says he will not make a ‘snap decision’ about signing a new forward after watching his Cobblers side fail to score for the fifth time in 11 league games.
Boothroyd admits he needs time to assess the options he currently has at his disposal in the forwards department, in which Roy O’Donovan is the only fit striker who has played a double-figure amount of matches.
Ivan Toney, JJ Hooper and Brentford loanee Stuart Dallas have played just a handful of games between them and Clive Platt is out with a calf injury for around another fortnight.
Alex Nicholls will remain out until January and emergency centre-forward, club captain Kelvin Langmead, is not due back until November.
Re-signing Jacob Blyth on loan from Leicester is a viable option but he too is sidelined with an injury for another two weeks.
And so Boothroyd must decided whether to spend more of the club’s cash on another short-term signing or continue to put his faith in the younger players as replacements for the injured senior pros.
“I’m going to see what the weekend brings and I will assess things on Monday,” he said.
“It is an option but we’ve got young players in our system and they’re not ornament, we’ve got to see if they can do it or not.
“This period of the season has given them a test as to whether they can cut it or not.
“We do a lot of work on the road watching games so we have a shadow squad of players we can look at, but I need to give it a bit of thought.
“It’s not something I can make a snap decision about.
“I need to see how our current players are and our young players are because there’s no point having a youth system if you don’t give those boys a chance.
“What they’ve got to do is grow up very quickly and they’ve got to be able to deal with what comes.
“We’ve got some good players coming through but we’ve got to balance building that up and getting results.”