Gaffer on Hitchcock and Mesca
The deadline day loan signings of Tom Hitchcock and Buomesca Tue Na Bangna will hopefully provide a lift inside the Crewe Alexandra dressing room. Boss Steve Davis had a busy day yesterday to make sure he strengthened his attacking options as he took his loan deals to five for the season.
Hitchcock arrives from Queens Park Rangers after previously impressing for the club’s Under-21s and during previous loan spells for Plymouth and Bristol Rovers. He marked his senior debut for the club with a winning goal against Ipswich in the Championship this season.
‘Mesca’ also made his professional debut for Fulham this season, coming on as a second half substitute against his former club Chelsea.
Both signed before yesterday’s 5pm deadline and are in contention for tomorrow’s home game against Crawley Town.
Steve told crewealex.net: “It was a long day and we were in early in the morning. We had compiled a list in advance and had made enquires about who may be available. It can be a long process and there are plenty of ups-and-downs when making calls.
“It is not easy and it takes time. It is very difficult to get players in, especially when you are competing against other clubs who are interested as well. Sometimes bigger clubs come in and you cannot compete with what they can offer. We worked hard to get them before the deadline and we were delighted.
“I’ve known Tom since he was a kid at Blackburn and he is a goal poacher. He was eager to get out and play first team football and do well. He has played for QPR and has the experience of big games, so we hope he will come in and create and score goals for us because that is what we have been lacking.
“He is a young lad and I don’t want to put too much pressure on him. All I want him to do is come here and do his best for the Football Club.
“Mesca is a player I’ve watched recently for Fulham’s Under-21 and he is a creator and scorer of goals. He scored in the game I went to watch him in and is very quick and direct. He will get us up the pitch and I’m sure will bring some excitement into the final third of the pitch.
He added: “He has been on the fringes of the Fulham team and made his debut in a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea this season, so he just needs game experience.”