Crewe have signed Middlesborough forward Stephen Walker on a loan deal until the end of the season.
The nineteen-year-old has made eight appearances for Boro this season, including a start against Crewe in the EFL Trophy back in August.
The youngster is highly-regarded at the Championship outfit having emerged from their well-respected academy. He signed a new four and a half year deal with the club in January 2019.
He was immediately sent out on loan, spending the second half of last season with Mik Dons, making seven substitute outings and helping MK to secure League Two promotion.
Walker is also a regular for England at youth level, catching the eye with six goals in nine appearances for the Under-19s.
Crewe are third and flying high in League Two with a real chance of a return to League One, and many of their fans were delighted with a signing that gives boss David Artell more forward options in his young squad.
However, some could not help light-heartedly pointing out he did not exactly look pleased to be at the club in the publicity shot announcing his arrival.
Here is a small selection of responses to the signing, which further strengthens Crewe’s promotion prospects.
Cheer up lad
— John Johnson (@jjohnsonsonsons) January 31, 2020
Got to say the lad looks delighted to be joining us #not
— Peter Robinson Smith (@petenurse) January 31, 2020
He looks well chuffed
— Callum Collie (@CallumCollie) January 31, 2020
Get in there, much needed backup to freshen things up and I hear he is a decent player 👍bring on the Walsall 🙌
— DominicEgerton_Photography (@DominicegertonP) January 31, 2020
He’s a player who always wants the ball
— Connor (@Connor_MKD) January 31, 2020
Welcome Stephen❤️ #crewealex
— ben x (@therailwaymans) January 31, 2020
Powell having a great season out wide and Porter still not fit. Makes perfect sense given our lack of strikers to get the backup in now and have a strong end to the season.
Be uproar if after a couple of injuries we had no main striker.
— Tim T (@Tants_88) January 31, 2020
— Aaron Fleet (@AaronFleet) January 31, 2020
Got a really good signing there @crewealexfc look after him oh and play him! Ha
— Mark Hutchinson (@markhutch00) January 31, 2020
— Sheeno 👑 (@Sheeno_LFC) January 31, 2020