Fleetwood Town boss Graham Alexander has moved to bolster his numbers up front by signing Huddersfield Town youngster Daniel Carr.
The 19-year-old has joined Fleetwood on an initial month-long loan.
Town are desperately short in the striker department, with both Jamille Matt and David Ball sidelined through injury.
Alexander has revealed Ball will be missing for between four and six weeks, having sustained a shoulder injury in Saturday’s defeat at Northampton.
That news has hastened the need for reinforcements and convinced Alexander to make a move for the Huddersfield man.
He said: “Bally’s injury isn’t as bad as we initially feared.
“He’s still going to be missing for between four and six weeks. That is better than we thought on Saturday.
“We waited around for him on Saturday at the hospital and he came back with us. He’ll be beginning is rehabilitation from tomorrow and we’ll just take it from there.”
Carr, who joined the Terriers in April and has made three first-team appearances for the Championship side, is available for Saturday’s home clash with Mansfield
Last season he was at Isthmian League Division One South Champions Dulwich Hamlet, where he notched up an impressive haul of 25 goals.
And Alexander revealed he was already a man on Fleetwood’s radar.
He said: “We’ve been interested in him for a while but he’s been involved in the first team over at Huddersfield, so that kind of ruled things out.
“We’ve watched him a lot, we’ve seen plenty of him and with what happened with Bally at the weekend we decided to make an enquiry.
“Fortunately we’ve been able to sort something out.”
Carr arrives with a strong recommendation from Terriers boss Mark Robins and Alexander has branded him an “out and out centre forward”.
He added: “Daniel scored plenty of goals for his club before going to Huddersfield and he’s continued that record in the under-21s over there.
“He’s had that experience of playing in the Football League and he’s really excited to be making the move.
“He comes very highly recommended by (Terriers boss) Mark Robins, who really sees this as the next step in his development.”
And Alexander believes he’ll fit in perfectly with Fleetwood’s system.
Everybody wants to find that gem, a 30-goal-a-season striker,” said the manager.
“It’s hard to uncover but we’ve got a player here who is lively and a hard worker.
“He’s as good in and behind an opponent as he is holding the ball up. He should be a good addition to our squad.
Carr will join up with his new team-mates today and will go straight into the squad to face the Stags at Highbury.
Alexander has no worries about throwing the teenager in at the deep end, should that be required.
He said: “He’ll go straight into the squad, there’s no doubt about that.
“We haven’t made any decisions on the team for Saturday yet.
“We’re just going to keep an eye on things in training and make sure we make the right choice.”