Paul Glatzel said that Swindon Town’s wealth of attacking options will push everyone to perform at their highest level.

The German youth international got off the mark for Swindon on Saturday as he netted the opener during Town’s 2-1 defeat to Newport County, having previously helped to create both goals the previous week in a 2-0 win against Bradford City.

During the final week of the January transfer window, Swindon brought in four new attackers as Zack Elbouzedi joined on loan from AIK, Harry McKirdy returned to the club on loan from Hibernian, and Aaron Drinan and Sean McGurk both arrived on permanent deals.

That has left Town with eight players who can play in the forward areas in Gavin Gunning’s team, a wealth of options that meant that Tyrese Shade could not even make the bench for Town’s clash with Newport.

When asked about what he thought the new attacking options would add to Swindon, Glatzel said that he expected the increased competition would help everyone to produce more.

He said: “Obviously there is competition now in the attacking positions and that is always a good thing.

“It pushes everyone to perform at their highest level because if you don’t then you are not going to play or you are going to play less than you want to.

“It is good to have that competition and hopefully we are going to be able to all contribute either by starting or coming off the bench.

“Hopefully it will lead to us creating a lot of chances and scoring a lot of goals that will help us to get up the league.”

One of those attacking options is Charlie Austin, whom Glatzel said he was excited to be able to play alongside after joining Swindon, and so far it has lived up to his expectations.

He said: “It has been great, obviously he has got a lot of experience, and he has been there and done it.

“I look up to him and he is a role model for me to look towards him and try and get to where he has gotten to.

“So, it has been great to be able to work with him and just take any bits of advice off him.

“He is also really good to play off and that worked really well last weekend [against Bradford] and hopefully it will work just as well moving forward.”