David Dunn has welcomed the immediate impact of Yoan Zouma at a time fellow defender James Jones is facing an injury lay-off.

New signing Zouma made an eyecatching Barrow debut in Monday’s EFL Trophy tie against Leeds Under-21s.

The ex-Bolton man featured on the right of the defence with Jones having been ruled out after a nasty looking injury in Saturday’s defeat at Carlisle.

The extent of Jones’ problem is being established. Manager Dunn said: “He’s been for a scan [on Monday] so we’re just waiting for the results.

“It doesn’t look too great to be honest, it was a real awkward landing from the lad.

“But looking at Yoan [against Leeds], you can see the pace and physical attributes he possesses.

“He’s a little bit raw, but my God he can move.”

Dunn believes Zouma and fellow new boy Chris Taylor will raise the bar in the fight for first-team places at AFC.

“We want competition for places,” he said.

“Everywhere over the pitch now we’ve got good competition for places.

“And we’ll have hopefully a bit more competition for places at the back end of this week when we hopefully get a couple of forwards in.”

On Zouma and Taylor, Dunn added: “I thought they were very good. I think everyone can see the type of people and players I’m trying to bring in.”