Crewe Alexandra: Mike West eager to make Alex impact
MIKE West wants to help Crewe's goals flow ... as soon as he recovers from another injury setback.
The forward had spent two periods in the Alex treatment room since his summer move from Ebbsfleet before finally getting a run of games under his belt over the last month.
In his opening five matches, the 21-year-old has provided two assists with crosses from the right flank, including a superb delivery for Mathias Pogba to make it 2-0 at Doncaster in midweek.
West will miss out against Colchester this afternoon with a calf injury, but remains upbeat about his impact in his first year in professional football.
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He said: "I've been in the team a little bit now and set up a couple of goals and should have found the net myself a couple of times too – but it's going all right and we're moving in the right direction.
"I love getting among the goals, but I'm still getting the sharpness back after spending nine weeks on the sidelines. I'm getting there slowly and hopefully I will be back in action soon.
"Playing matches helps to develop my football too. The manager (Steve Davis) has now been able to analyse my game watching videos and he can pick out areas and aspects where I can improve."
Versatile West fits in with Davis's fondness for forwards who can fill both central and wide roles.
He scored nine times for Ebbsfleet in the Blue Square Premier last season, having netted 23 the previous campaign to help the club win promotion from Blue Square South.
"As long as I'm in the team I don't mind where I play," he said.
"Until I establish myself as a first-team regular it's up to me to prove myself capable wherever the manager asks me to play."
He was becoming a marked man in the Conference and hopes his jump up two tiers to League One will catch a few defenders unawares this season.
"I've never played in League One before and I guess I was a big fish in a small pond in the Conference," he said.
"Now it is about proving myself as a professional footballer and hopefully I can surprise a few people by scoring a few goals."