Crewe Alexandra: Chuks Aneke mulls over loan future
CREWE are waiting on Chuks Aneke to decide his short-term future after the attacking midfielder's youth loan expired at Gresty Road.
The Alex want to keep Aneke through a tough upcoming fixture pile-up and manager Steve Davis has held a heart-to-heart with the 19-year-old over the weekend.
Aneke is now returning to London to consider his options before committing to a fifth month at Crewe or opting to return to parent club Arsenal.
He has made 22 appearances for the Railwaymen and scored in his last two outings, at home to Stevenage and Bradford City, to take his tally for the season to six.
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However, he has only started two of the last five games following the arrival of fellow midfielder Brad Inman on loan from Newcastle United.
Davis admits he will have to call on all his resources, with or without Aneke, as he faces a rush of nine games in 32 days, starting at Bournemouth on Saturday.
He says his entire squad will be on alert to see the Alex through a packed month of matches which could make or break their season.
And he wants them all to embrace a 'Team Crewe' mentality to ensure they can come through still fighting on both League One and Johnstone's Paint Trophy fronts.
"You look when Mathias Pogba came off (in a 4-1 win over Bradford last week), he was there shaking everyone's hand at the final whistle," he said.
"That togetherness is vital. They are all going to play their part over the next few weeks.
"I make changes to win matches and if I think we need fresh legs, that's what I'll do. It's a squad game."
Steve Phillips helped collect more than £4,000 for Leukaemia Research and Caudwell Children's Charity when he launched his latest fund-raising drive.
The Crewe keeper hosted an auction of football memorabilia and entertainment in a sold-out Carlsberg Lounge at Gresty Road on Saturday.
An Easter bingo night due to take place in the same room has now been switched to the Alexandra Suite, which boasts a larger capacity.
It means 200 tickets are now available from the club shop, priced at £3 each.