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Zola Move Up In The Air

Calvin Zola has been linked with Southend, Bradford and Burton Albion but any possible move remains up in the air as the big Congolese striker mulls over his options.

Zola has been offered a get out clause by Dario as he finds games hard to come by at Gresty Road this season. He's made just four starts this term after being almost the first name on the team sheet last season, where he scored 18 goals. I don't think the old cliche 'fallen out of favour' has ever been so apt.

A striker of his size, it's unsurprising that Calvin is in demand and it seems like the entire League Two are tracking the 25 year old. Dario has already confirmed that Zola has snubbed a move to Southend, but rumours linking him to Bradford City and Burton Albion continue.

However, Zola may still decide to remain at Gresty Road. With a young family, there may be more sense in staying and fighting for his place rather than uprooting his family for a temporary spell elsewhere. It's something that's not ideal for Dario though with the manager admitting that finances are part of the reason to off load Calvin.

Speaking after the 4-2 win at Macclesfield, Dario told the official website that no move has been finalised for Zola - who came on for the final three minutes of last nights game - and it all depends if the move is right for the striker himself.

'Calvin is aware of the situation and those ahead of him at the moment but that doesn't mean I've given up on him. I would be happy if he has to stay here because the right move doesn't come along.

'I just think his options to play are limited at the moment and it would be a chance for him to play some games. We'll have to see if anything comes up that he would welcome.'

From a fans point of view, however, I think it's daft we are even trying to offload him. Whilst he's not exactly in the best form of his life (and Donaldson is?), he could still have a lot to offer. He certainly offers a different style to the nippy strikers of Donaldson, Miller, Ajay, Grant and Moore.

I think we could also be shooting ourselves in the foot by sending him on loan to a fellow League Two side; who knows what effect he could have on our positioning by the end of the season. Selling him, and possibly cashing in, is another matter but I personally see no benefits from a loan move in the same division.

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Date:Wednesday October 6 2010

Time: 1:47AM


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