Crewe Alexandra: Steve Davis looks to extend Chuks Aneke loan spell
STEVE Davis expects to extend Chuks Aneke's stay at Crewe after putting the loanee through his paces during a three-game suspension.
Aneke, who initially joined the Alex for a month from Arsenal, was sent off for a lunge on Anthony Grant on his full debut against Stevenage.
The midfielder-cum-forward, aged 19, will sit out the final match of his ban when Crewe travel to MK Dons on Saturday – but has not been resting on the sidelines.
Manager Davis said: "We have worked Chuks very hard this week, testing him because his fitness has been a little behind.
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"He's not been used to running around without the ball, but he's got to get used to it here. He's getting fitter by the day.
"I haven't seen enough of him in terms of games, but from what I saw at Stevenage I thought he could be good, as long as stays on the pitch.
"He feels very comfortable here, he's enjoying his stay and wants to extend it, so I'll speak to (Arsenal assistant manager) Steve Bould to see what we can do.
"It's a youth loan which is available to us because he is under-21, which means they can stay as long as both clubs are happy with the deal. There is no time scale as such.
"I'd like to keep him for longer and have a better look. He's very much in our mould with the way he has been brought up at Arsenal. He is one of those players who fits into our system."
Davis is still considering bringing in a central midfielder on loan as Abdul Osman struggles to overcome injuries to both ankles.
But the Crewe boss has turned down an invitation to take an out-of-favour striker from a Championship club on loan after seeing Mathias Pogba return to training.
Winger Byron Moore is also back after missing the 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient on compassionate grounds.
Davis said: "One lad who I've been offered on loan was of great interest to us.
"But we've got players coming back which means we have four strikers available, plus Ryan Colclough. We could bring this one in, but couldn't guarantee him games.
"I'm sure someone will take him because he's a good player, but he's one we're looking out for to see what his future holds over the next six to 12 months."