Norwich City loanee Tom Dickson-Peters did not make Gillingham’s squad at Wigan on Saturday

Gillingham caretaker boss Steve Lovell admits it will be difficult for Norwich loan striker Tom Dickson-Peters to earn a place in the squad.

Dickson-Peters, 19, made the trip to Wigan on Saturday but was not included in the squad – Lovell preferring to name his own young striker Gerald Sithole in the matchday squad. Gillingham lost the match 3-2.

Norwich City academy player Tom Dickson-Peters has more to do if he wants to play for Gillingham under Steve Lovell Photo: Andy Jones

Lovell isn’t sure if he’ll be needed again next week — he’s working on an interim basis while the president talks to potential managers — but Dickson-Peters isn’t currently in his plans.

Asked about the young striker’s omission on Saturday, Lovell said: “He was (former manager) signing Steve Evans, I don’t know much about him, I didn’t see him much at the drive and that’s something I have to address.

“We need bodies around but if he’s going to be good for us I don’t know, I need to see him more, but with the boys we have in front of him I think it’s going to be tough for us. ‘he comes in unless he starts showing what he’s made of.

Dickson-Peters was a regular goalscorer for Norwich City in Premier League 2 and was hoping for a taste of Football League life after agreeing a deal with Gillingham days before Evans left the club.

He came off the bench to play the second half against Ipswich Town but was an unused substitute in Lovell’s first game in charge last weekend.

John Akind is fit again after injury and came on as a second-half substitute against Wigan. The Gills also have Charlie Kelman who returned on loan from QPR, enjoying a positive impact off the bench at the weekend.

Lovell doesn’t know what the future holds for him, but wants to take up the position on a more permanent basis. Any changes to the squad must be made by the end of this month when the transfer window closes.

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