Date: 20th September 2016 at 7:34pm
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There is no doubt if any team loses a key player, who both scores and creates important goals, they will be missed majorly. Alex Kiwomya dislocated his shoulder, at the weekend against Grimsby, and now has suspected ligament damage as a result. The official club website revealed, ‘for assessment of his shoulder injury’, he had gone back to his parent club Chelsea. The club will know more Wednesday, after ‘a rehabilitation plan will be devised once the result of the second scan is clear”.

Kiwomya has proven himself to be a vital first team player, in a team that is currently sitting pretty 3rd in the table. His electric dribbling and silky skill moves have excited Crewe Alex supporters in the terraces and left full backs looking, as the football term states, like ‘school boys’. However, despite how much we will miss Kiwomya’s speed dribbling and skill, the Chelsea loanee’s injury provides a great opportunity for youngsters (i.e. Callum Ainley and Charlie Kirk) to step up and claim a first team spot. It came to my awareness, by a post on social media, that Charlie Kirk and Callum Ainley both start in an under 23’s midweek fixture; could this be a battle within the war, a battle which rewards the victor a start against Blackpool on Saturday – quite possibly.

I personally believe you only need to watch him once, as well as the fact he is the clubs joint top goal scorer , to understand why and how he will be missed. However I also believe that a good opportunity has risen for youngsters, like (Callum) Ainley and (Charlie) Kirk, to take. Personally, I would like to see Callum Ainley in the role ‘out wide’, but believe Davis will lean in Kirk’s favour due to him being around the first team more recently. Ability-wise I think they are both on a level playing field, with a similar ability level, however despite Kirk looking to do ‘the right things’; I believe Ainley has a better ‘knowledge of the game’ enabling him to have a greater level of success in the first team. Despite someone needing to fill in Kiwomya’s place, I believe George Cooper is the man who most needs to keep upping his game and has the best opportunity to develop. The nineteen year old, has started the season well, catching the eye of many, with his much improved overall play. With no Alex Kiwomya on the other flank, Cooper will be looked to as the instigator of the Crewe Alexandra attacks and offensive opportunities. The teenage talent, paid tribute to all at Crewe Alexandra giving them credit for his fine form – 3 goals and 3 assists in the first 11 games this season, living up to the expectations he was given two seasons ago on his football league debut. He was awarded ‘Football League apprentice of the year 2015’ but had a somewhat critical self-assessment, stating ‘Last season everyone could see that I wasn’t giving 100% and I let myself and the team down’ that was possibly because he ‘struggled last season when things weren’t going my (his) way’. If George can step up his game, and push himself that bit further, dealing with increasing responsibility and playing well with it looming over him. The he may make up for the time he lost, whilst struggling with bad form and small but niggling injuries, last season.

However, ignoring who will step up and who won’t. There is no doubting the fact, loosing Alex Kiwomya will be a blow. Any football fan knows losing a key player, no other than your joint top goal scorer, will have negative effects. If the scan results are negative, then it could prove costly and cost valuable points in the immediate future.