Scunthorpe United newcomer Leon Clarke can put himself in shop window while with Iron
On-loan Leon Clarke will use his spell at Scunthorpe United to put himself in the shop window, according to his new manager.
But Alan Knill admits the destination for the striker's next full-time career move is unlikely to be Glanford Park.
Clarke, 27, has scored two goals in as many games since joining the Iron – including Saturday's winner at Shrewsbury Town, which earned Scunthorpe their first League One victory of the season.
And while Knill had hoped to see the former Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves front man make a big impression in claret and blue, even he has been surprised at how immediate his influence has come.
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"He's a good player," said the Iron boss at the Greenhous Meadow.
"His record at Chesterfield last year was good (nine goals in 14 games), so when we were taking him on loan, we knew he was comfortable at this level.
"I didn't think he'd have the impact that he has had, but obviously we're all delighted.
"It's great for him too. This is chance for him to put himself in the shop window, or to go back to Charlton and play in their team.
"He needed some games and performances and we're trying to help that."
When asked though whether that shop window could lead to a permanent deal at Scunthorpe, Knill responded: "Probably not at the moment."
The Iron's performance at the Greenhous Meadow was arguably their most complete of the campaign so far as they looked a threat going forward while also going on to keep a clean sheet.
One of the reasons for the first of that key combination, was the imperious form of winger Mark Duffy – who has started the season as a major creative influence.
During a first half in which he created openings for others as well as himself, the former Morecambe man tied Shrews full-back Rob Purdie in knots – earning praise from Knill post match.
And though Duffy had been suffering from illness in the days leading up to Scunthorpe's first trip to Shrewsbury in seven years, the Iron boss revealed there was never any doubt his side's star performer would sit the clash out.
"He was always playing, he'd been fit all week," Knill said.
"Once he isolates someone, he's got great feet.
"He's like an old-fashioned winger. He'll stop the full-back and then dribble past him.
"He was outstanding today, but he's been like that a lot.
"Now the unit are working harder for him and he's working harder for the unit out of possession.
"We've said all along that it's going to take time but I think we're improving, which is the most important thing.
"If I think we're improving then the players will think they're improving.
"That's all we need, for the players to have belief."