Crewe Alexandra: Young stars must bide their time, says Steve Davis
STEVE Davis has reassured his star men who did not attract big money transfer window moves that their time will come – as long as they keep producing the goods for Crewe.
Captain Luke Murphy has been catapulted into the red tops’ rumour pages over recent weeks, cast as the next gem to be polished in the Alex academy.
The 23-year-old’s move to join former team-mates Ashley Westwood and Nick Powell in the top flight did not materialise before a deadline for deals passed on Thursday.
Max Clayton, Kelvin Mellor, Harry Davis, Matt Tootle and Byron Moore have also been tipped to move up the league ladder sooner or later, but their boss stresses patience is a virtue.
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He said: “I’ve had a word with one or two who might have thought something big was going to happen for them during January.
“They’ve just got to be patient and carry on with what they’re doing here.
“They can’t get carried away with the circus act. It will happen if they are performing well and catching people’s eye.
“They just have to wait for their opportunity.”
It was a relatively quiet transfer window for Davis, who always pointed out that the window for loan deals opens again for the lower leagues next week.
He sealed loan deals for Chuks Aneke and Brad Inman until the summer and was then able to sit back and watch the chaos unfold elsewhere.
“The crucial part of this window was not to lose anybody, so that made it successful in itself,” he said.
“I was able to sit up and watch all the ridiculous things going on in the last hour before the deadline, right until the last minute and I’m glad in a way that we’re not involved in that.
“Most of the activity in the winter window is in the Premier League. Teams in League One and League Two can bring in loans throughout the season anyway.
“If you look at most of the sides involved they are battling to stay up and there is a bit of panic buying.”
Instead, the manager says he prefers to conduct most of his business during the close-season.
He said: “I think it’s better to bring in players when you can assess deals more thoroughly and work with players in pre-season.
“I brought in five players last summer and that’s when you’re not making any rash last-minute decisions that don’t always work out.”
There was some movement in League One, with promotion-chasing Bournemouth splashing out £500,000 for Matt Ritchie from League One rivals Swindon Town.
The fee for the winger was described as “a bargain” in the Bournemouth Echo yesterday, but Davis could only dream of splashing so much cash.
He said: “You’re looking at a team with three times the budget of us. Bournemouth have become a big club and when they complete the stand behind the goal they’ll fill it every week.
“They’ve already got quality players and a quality manager, so I guess that transfer shows what we are up against.”