Tranmere Rovers: Summer Signings Evaluation

IMG_8818Despite entering the 2017/18 National League season as firm favourites for automatic promotion – it has not been an easy ride so far for the Super White Army.

Jay McEveley: A £400,00 transfer from Ross County in July, the former Blackburn Rovers and Derby County midfielder arrived at Prenton Park with a large reputation, but he has been able to find a new level of confidence on the pitch since his arrival.

With nine appearances in a strong defence, the 32-year-old has also found himself on the scoresheet this season, partnering Captain Steve McNulty as an experienced player, he is proving to be a great example to some of the younger squad. Rating: 8/10


Norburn arrived at Prenton Park from Macclesfield

Ollie Norburn: A July signing from Macclesfield in what is believed to have been a free transfer, the 24-year-old man has bagged a couple of key goals already this season while featuring in 15-appearances.

Manager Micky Mellon was keen to bring him in as early as possible after releasing six players in the Summer, meaning Norburn was brought in as an immediate starter. Signing a contract until the end of the 2018/19 season showed that the midfielder was here to make his name after thriving at some of his former clubs. With a youth-career at Chelsea, he has what it takes to keep top clubs interested. Rating: 7/10

Dylan Mottley-Henry: A one-month loan signing from Championship side Barnsley, the 20-year-old dropped down a few flights to gain valuable experience but has been a welcome sight for the Super White Army.

With Ben Tollitt currently nursing a knee injury, Mottley-Henry arrived at a crucial time and has provided key width play and offered an important spark of pace when called upon. Expect the winger to break into Barnsley’s starting XI in the near future. Rating: 8/10


Dunn switched from Liverpool to Tranmere in the summer

Jack Dunn: A former Liverpool prospect with a big reputation, but a free transfer keen to establish himself in the lower-leagues. The 22-year-old is a versatile forward who can player anywhere across the front line while also dropping deeper if needed.

His technical quality and skillful feet made it easy to see why he lasted since 2011 on the books over the water at Anfield. With two goals already to his name this season in just seven games it could may well be double figures for Dunn. Rating 8/10

George Waring: A Bosman signing from Stoke City meant shrewd business from manager Micky Mellon to snap up a player with such potential. Having earned his footballing stripes on-loan at sides such as Oxford United, Shrewsbury and Carlisle United, time will tell if the 22-year-old can cut his teeth in the lower-leagues.

With just 50-minutes of action to his name this term, Waring is yet to make his mark at Prenton Park, and with an already overflowing list of forwards he may have to wait for his chance to come. Rating: 5/10


James Alabi made the switch from Chester to Tranmere

James Alabi: One of the most exciting transfers of the entire Summer saw James Alabi cross the border from Chester and arrive at Prenton Park with a massive reputation. Bagging 18-goals for his side last-term, manager Micky Mellon was more than happy to take him off the hands of a rival.

Having represented Stoke City, Ipswich and Grimsby Town in the past, the 22-year-old can boast experience that few others can at his young age. Despite failing to find the net from nine-appearances this season, Alabi’s quality has been on show, even if the goals have not. Rating: 7/10

Elliot Rokka: The forward made the switch from Radcliffe Borough to Tranmere Rovers in the Summer after an impressive outing last season that saw him named Evo-Stik First Division North’s young player of the year. While his former club were desperate to keep hold of the , he opted to make the leap to Prenton Park to challenge for a place in the starting XI.

Despite preferring to play up front, Rokka is yet to have a chance in the first team with just a couple of appearance coming in a pre-season with one against Liverpool in July. Having featured for Manchester United in the Youth Academy, the player can also claim to have lived in Portugal for a season as he was loaned out to Rio Maior before making the equally glamorous loan-switch to Macclesfield. Rating: 4/10


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