Tranmere fans saw a few more new faces during last night’s 3-2 defeat to Liverpool at Prenton Park, including an additional three new trialists.
Reece Flanagan and Amadou Soukouna had played at Dunfermline on Saturday, and while Flanagan now looks to have left Prenton Park, Soukouna again featured, and scored, against Liverpool.
There were three new faces as well, or technically two new faces. That is because former full-back Zoumana Bakayogo was back in a white shirt trying to earn a contract five years after leaving, alongside Harvey Gilmour and Kai Tonge.
Here is the low-down on the new trialists.
Harvey Gilmour – Young midfielder Gilmour is a Sheffield United player and is very highly regarded at Bramall Lane. He penned a new contract with the club in May and has been made available for loan. The Blades see League Two as a good level for the player, and his energy as a box-to-box midfielder could really appeal to Micky Mellon.
Gilmour was introduced midway through the second half last night and helped Soukouna force an error from Camacho and James Milner to create Rovers’ second goal. He’s likely worth a second look.
Kai Tonge – The young, tall winger who was introduced as a second half sub on the left side of midfield last night was Kai Tonge, a 19-year-old who plays for Hinckley AFC. He looked lively when he came on, and along with the other changes Rovers made, helped give Tranmere a real attacking threat.
Considering his career to date has been short and played at a very low level, he did not look out of his depth last night. If Google searches are accurate and we’re looking at the same guy, it also seems he has a career as a model!
Zoumana Bakayogo – This guy needs no introduction whatsoever. He left the club in 2013 after having become a real crowd favourite at Prenton Park. His blistering pace up the left side was a key component of Tranmere’s rise to the top of League One in 2012-13 and Leicester City came calling for the player that summer. His time at Leicester was ruined by serious injury though he has since regained fitness at Crewe.
He’s available on a free, now aged 31. His pace certainly seemed to still be there, so definitely worth looking at some more. He has never actually moved away from the Wirral since leaving Tranmere and we understand he would love the chance to re-join the club.