Ollie Turton can fill void in Crewe Alexandra midfield
STEVE Davis is planning to give Ollie Turton his full league debut against Yeovil this afternoon after putting his search for a loan midfielder on hold.
Academy graduate Turton has made 10 substitute appearances for the Alex, and started in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game against Macclesfield last season.
Davis has been exploring loan options after admitting the Alex are a little light in midfield following the £2m sale of Ashley Westwood to Aston Villa on August 31 transfer deadline day.
Abdul Osman would have been the obvious replacement but he misses today’s game after a recurrence of his ankle injury.
So, step forward Turton who came on for Osman against Swindon on Tuesday and played his part as the Alex defied Paolo Di Canio’s team to claim a 2-1 win.
Davis explained: “Sometimes when you bring in loan players it is very difficult to integrate them into what you are doing. It can take them three to four weeks, which is the length of the loan.
“Ollie will be a little bit nervous, but he is more than capable of doing a good job in there with Luke Murphy.
“He does most things well rather than being outstanding at anything. He will be wanting to do well and show that he’s capable of playing in this league.”
Davis hasn’t ruled out bringing in a new player in the long term having been given the green light to spend money by chairman John Bowler.
However, he is being selective about his targets.
Davis said: “I have spoken to John about it and he has backed the fact that we want to bring somebody in, or even two players, to bolster the squad.
“That’s not the problem, it’s just what type of players we are looking for.
“Will he fit in; is he the right character; is he fit or is he coming to us fit and not playing?
“You have to take into consideration all those circumstances.”
If Davis does bring in a midfielder, he would prefer him to be experienced.
He explained: “I already have Ollie who is young and I don’t really want another young lad coming from another club.”