Vital Football

Latest Crewe Alexandra News

A Good Week. Finally.

A Good Week. Finally.

The two 'big money' signings at Crewe have given Alex fans a much needed lift. The unexpected £130,000 arrival of Joel Grant from Aldershot on Wednesday lifted the mood instantly after nearly two months of pure doom and gloom.

Grant doesn't come with glowing references from all angles, merely looked upon as a player with potential, but then it wasn't the signing of Grant himself that cheered fans up - more of the sign that it seems there is a lot more going on at Reaseheath Training Ground than we are led to believe. We've seen a huge list of players linked to Crewe this close-season yet Grant's name was never mentioned.

Hopefully Grant will give us something to cheer about. He seems like a winger in the Rodney Jack mould only with height - standing at 6ft. From Alderhot's perspective he sounds raw and maybe with a little concentration problem. He has played most of his professional career to date - at 20 years old - in the Conference with Aldershot in the last 12-18 months but he still comes with some Football League pedigree having started his career out at Watford's academy, and he managed 10 games for Watford's first team.

Grant will hopefully follow in the foot steps of the likes of Danny Woodards in making the step 'back' up into the Football League.

Grant's signing was followed swiftly by Calvin Zola, a saga that has dragged on for much of the summer. It's not to the fault of the club however, the deal seemed wrapped up within a few days of agreeing a £200,000 fee with Tranmere but for a work permit application to drag out the finalisation of the deal.

The work permit was granted today and whilst Zola's signature still isn't on the contract it is a deal certain to be completed by the start of next week.

Again, Zola isn't a player who had fans grabbing his ankles as he left Prenton Park but then neither will he turn out to be disastrous signing. He's made over 100 appearances at League One level so knows the league well - certainly better than any of our other strikers. He's impressed me when I've seen him play and I admit to being surprised at the lack of rave reviews from Tranmere fans, but then it's always the quiet ones who impress the opposition.

His goal ratio of 5 in 22 games last season continues to be drag up but is not necessarily important to the role Steve Holland will want him to play. He'll come in to be a foil for Nicky Maynard, using his 6ft 4in frame to create the perfect partnership with Nicky. He will without doubt be a better option than Tom Pope, and the Pope-Maynard partnership wasn't too shoddy last season was it?

Hopefully there are still players to arrive. Steve Collis, the former Southend keeper, has expressed his interest in joining the club but is still yet to sign a deal, so let's hope that comes to something next week. There's also Livingston winger Robert Snodgrass who seems to be keeping a whole host of clubs waiting for a decision from him whilst the media report us as being favourites to sign him.

Then, maybe like with Grant, Holland will have something up his sleeve for the next week or so before pre-season training gets under way - starting with a trip to Bulgaria.





Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Dink
Date:Friday June 27 2008
Time: 8:10PM

Comments

0
Thats a lot of money for a club of your size to spend on two players. I think Zola will do well but the youngster from Aldershot looks a big gamble.
dazza71
29/06/2008 12:33:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Crewe Alexandra Articles

Crewe Alexandra Complete Raynes Signing

Experienced central defender becomes the club's second signing of the summer.

New EFL Radio Deal Starts 2017/18

The Football League confirmed yesterday that a new three year deal with Talksport and the BBC had been signed to increase radio broadcast coverage from next season.

Turton Leaves Crewe Alexandra

Right-back leaves after making nearly 200 appearances for first team.

Bowery Signs Permanent Crewe Alex Deal

Striker was on loan at the club for 2nd half of last season and signs 2 year deal.

Archived Vital Crewe Articles

Vital Crewe articles from

Site Journalists

Steve Johnson
Editor email
Profile
Josh Ravenscroft
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How many signings do we need to make? As of May's retained list
Suggested By: Steve Johnson
0-28%
3-556%
6-818%
9-120%
13+18%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Portsmouth 46 26 9 11 87 39
P Plymouth 46 26 9 11 87 25
P Doncaster 46 25 10 11 85 30
4 Luton 46 20 17 9 77 27
5 Exeter 46 21 8 17 71 19
6 Carlisle 46 18 17 11 71 1
7 Blackpool 46 18 16 12 70 23
8 Colchester 46 19 12 15 69 10
9 Wycombe 46 19 12 15 69 5
10 Stevenage 46 20 7 19 67 4
11 Cambridge 46 19 9 18 66 8
12 Mansfield 46 17 15 14 66 4
13 Accrington 46 17 14 15 65 3
14 Grimsby 46 17 11 18 62 -4
15 Barnet 46 14 15 17 57 -7
16 Notts County 46 16 8 22 56 -22
17 Crewe 46 14 13 19 55 -9
18 Morecambe 46 14 10 22 52 -20
19 Crawley 46 13 12 21 51 -18
20 Yeovil 46 11 17 18 50 -15
21 Cheltenham 46 12 14 20 50 -20
22 Newport 46 12 12 22 48 -22
R Hartlepool 46 11 13 22 46 -21
R Leyton Orient 46 10 6 30 36 -40
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Crewe Alexandra Results (view all)

Crewe Alexandra Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.stig7tfm2
Vital Football Comment