Sep 14 2012 By Matt Lewis
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DAVE Anderson has sent out a warning to his Harrow squad following the arrival of versatile midfielder Gary Burrell.
The Boro boss swooped to sign the Enfield Town star, who made his debut against Lowestoft and also played in Saturday’s FA Cup exit to St Albans City.
Anderson knows Burrell well from their time together at Northwood, where the wide-man blossomed under the leadership of the genial Northern Irishman.
Burrell, who missed much of last season through injury, jumped at the chance for a reunion at Earlsmead and is now hoping to cement a place in Boro’s first team.
Anderson admitted the arrival of Burrell puts pressure on several of his playing staff as he attempts to turn the tide around after five consecutive defeats.
“I thought we needed a bit of balance to our team,” he said. “We have a few wingers but I didn’t think we had a left-sided midfielder who was a ‘Beckham’ rather than a ‘Walcott’.
“His match fitness isn’t right yet but that’s because he hasn’t played a lot of games. He’s had a few injury problems but he’s slowly coming back into it and we’ve got to give him time to do that.
“It puts a bit of pressure on everyone’s place on that side; Joakim [Ehui] can play there, [Steve] Ferguson and [Evandro] Delgado too. That’s what it’s about though – having competition for places – and Burrell can play centrally or at left back as well at a push, so it puts pressure on everyone.
“As a manager, you want to have that competition in your squad.”
Harrow welcome Carshalton to Earlsmead this weekend and the Boro boss says there could be a few new faces in the squad before then.
“It’s five defeats now,” he added. “What I would say though, looking at the fixtures, is that we only really dropped bad points in one game, at Hastings. All the others were bonuses when you look at them.
“I think we need to look at galvanising the squad. At the moment we’re waiting on international clearance for two more players and then we are maybe looking at one more, but then I want to close it down and get on with it.”