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Steve: "We Are Looking For 4th Midfielder"

26 July 2016

Injury to Smith sees Davis explore more midfield options.

Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis has revealed that in the wake of Liam Smith’s ankle injury he may look to revisit the transfer market before the end of August. EFL clubs are no longer permitted to take players on emergency loan and have to agree on signing them on extended loan deal of six or 12 months.

Smith, 20, suffered extensive bruising of the bone around his ankle and is set to miss the start of the season whilst he undergoes rehabilitation. The untimely injury to the on-loan Newcastle United midfielder leaves Davis short of options in the centre of the pitch.

Steve told “The biggest concern for any manager at this stage of the pre-season is losing players through injury and that is what makes the new loan agreement even more interesting. If the injury had happened at the end of August then we could not have gone out and signed a replacement. It now leaves you wide open.

“Even with Liam here I would have liked to have had another one because we are a bit short in the midfield area. With Liam out, we only have two senior midfield players to choose from and then you are putting untried players in. I would have to throw one in who hasn’t played much or not at all.

“I have spoken with the board and they have said that if we can find one who will make a difference to us and we can do something then I should take that option to them. We are still actively looking for another one because we need a fourth one, even more so now that Liam is out for a while.

The Alex boss added: “The board have said they will back me if we can a suitable one and it would help us. We have 1 or 2, we will look at and discuss.”

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