Over The Summer
After an extremely successful return season to League One last year – which saw the club finish 13th as well as winning the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – Steve Davis’ side have had to contend with the usual problems as they set about improving on their mid-table position.
A club that prides itself on the development of youngsters, Crewe have seen some exceptional talent come through the side’s academy only to be sold on a few years later, and this summer was no different. Last season’s captain and player of the year Luke Murphy – who also made it into League One’s PFA Team of the Year – was sold to Leeds United, leaving a huge hole in the centre of the Alex’s midfield.
However, the club have still managed to hold onto the likes of Max Clayton whilst six new signings have also come through the doors at Gresty Road. Defenders Thierry Audel and Lee Molyneux have been joined by forward Vadaine Oliver and midfielders Anthony Grant, Chuks Aneke and Bradden Inman.
The Railwaymen have enjoyed a solid start to the League One season this time around. A dramatic 3-3 draw with Rotherham on the opening day was followed by defeat to League Two side Bury in the League Cup and a 1-0 reverse at MK Dons. Steve Davis’ side clocked up their first win of the season last weekend against Tranmere – with youngster Ryan Colclough grabbing a brace – and will now be looking to get their first points of the season on their travels when they visit E10 on Saturday.
In-form winger Byron Moore could be set to miss the trip to East London with a thigh injury, whilst last season’s top scorer Mathias Pogba is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after knee surgery. Apart from that, Steve Davis should have a full squad to choose from and new signing Bradden Inman has been given the green light to play against the O’s on Saturday after his transfer from Newcastle.
One To Watch
19-year-old forward Max Clayton is being widely touted as the club’s next hot prospect to move onto pastures new at a higher level. The clever front man has netted 14 times since coming through the side’s youth ranks including goals against Southend in the League Two play-off semi-final and 2013 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final. Crewe’s director of football Dario Gradi has already admitted he is resigned to losing the youngster when his contract expires next summer but the striker should still cause the O’s defence some real problems at the weekend.
The O’s are 8/11 favourites with Football League sponsors SkyBet to continue their 100 per cent start to the League One campaign this weekend. Crewe are priced at 4/1 by the bookmakers to grab an away win, with the draw available at 5/2. Register a SkyBet account now at www.skybet.com/orient
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