OPINION – Have Tranmere’s loan dealings helped or hindered them in this Vanarama National League campaign?

By Peter Tscherewik

Micky Mellon has loaned out seven players so far this season, and this article will look into whether the deals have been hits or misses for the players involved.

George Waring

It was surprising to see Waring loaned out so soon after joining Tranmere, as he moved to FC Halifax Town in October 2017.

During his time there, he made ten appearances (five starts), and scored twice. Having struggled to make an impression, he moved onto Kidderminster Harriers. He has only played 88 minutes for them, but has scored twice.


James Alabi

The 23-year old failed to score in nine appearances for Tranmere at the start of the season, and has since struggled to find his feet at Dover Athletic.

A solitary goal and a tribunal fee with Chester has followed, and Tranmere are looking to offload the forward quickly, and rightly so.


Evan Gumbs

This has been a breakthrough season for Gumbs, with the 21-year old featuring in the Tranmere 16-man squad more regularly. However, Micky Mellon did opt to loan him out to Warrington Town in October.

Gumbs was a regular starter for them, but unfortunately a Tranmere injury crisis cut his spell short. The move was very much beneficial to the player, however, and it’s a great shame that he broke his leg recently.


Elliot Rokka

Rokka’s time at Tranmere has been hindered by injuries. However, the 21-year old is currently out on loan playing for Colwyn Bay.

In seven starts, he has scored twice. Although he could have stayed with Tranmere’s academy, playing in a league he knows very well has clearly benefited him.


Andy Mangan

It made sense for Mangan to go out on loan after only playing 171 minutes for Tranmere in two months. But, he only made four appearances in his time at AFC Fylde and failed to score.

He has played more since returning, but that loan deal was a complete failure for all involved.


Devarn Green

Green has had a horrible time with injuries since signing for Rovers. The winger was sent to Warrington Town in January, to give him more game time.

Warrington will offer him a good platform to play and return to Tranmere a sharper, fitter, and better player.


Luke Pilling

The Wales youth international has had to play second, or even third fiddle to Scott Davies and Rhys Taylor this season. He has only made one start in 2017-18, and desperately needs match practice.

His loan move to Warrington Town will definitely help him, as he goes there to be their first choice goalkeeper.



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