Tranmere Rovers forward Elliot Nevitt has signed a new deal with the club, keeping him at Prenton Park until 2023.

Nevitt has only scored two goals in all competitions this season.

This campaign is his first as a player in the football league.

Previously, Nevitt played for Bootle and Warrington Rylands before Micky Mellon brought him into the Tranmere squad.

Nevitt scored on his Tranmere debut against Oldham Athletic in the League Cup in August.

He scored his first and only league goal so far against Salford at home in mid September.

Some fans have criticised the decision to give the Merseyside-born forward a new deal.

Attacking Issues

One of Tranmere’s biggest issues this season has been scoring goals.

The Wirral-based side have failed to score in nine of their 21 games in all competitions so far this season.

Nicky Maynard, defender Peter Clarke and midfielder Sam Foley all share the title of top scorer so far this season. Each of them have scored three times so far.

Nevitt, just one goal behind them, has been heavily featured so far this season.

Elliot Nevitt on the floor.
Elliot Nevitt on the floor after being taken out in the air against Northampton. Photo by Ant Stonelake.

He’s made 17 appearances and was unlucky to have a goal ruled out against Northampton.

Nevitt has not even had a shot on target since Tranmere’s 2-0 win against Colchester United at the start of October.

However, his new deal still makes perfect sense for the club.

A lack of form may give him some issues up front, but the support from players around him has been lacking so far this season.

Callum McManaman and Liam Feeney, the two wingers with most appearances for Tranmere this season, have one assist between them.

Lack of squad depth is an issue for Tranmere up front.

Leeds-born Emmanuel Dieseruvwe only has three goals in League Two since 2019.

Liverpool loanee Paul Glatzel has come in but is still yet to hit the ground running at Tranmere.

His two-goal haul against Oldham in the EFL Trophy may open the door for more competition.

Nevitt’s new contract will keep him at Tranmere until the end of next season and with his dramatic rise to the football league, he should be given a chance to adjust.

While playing for Warrington Rylands last season, Nevitt became one of very few players to score a hat-trick at Wembley as he won his side the FA Vase.

He was the most recent player to score a hat-trick at Wembley until Harry Kane bagged three against Albania.

Keeping Nevitt at the club will be essential for Tranmere as they look to develop into a side that can challenge for promotion.

Manager Micky Mellon sees that it’s important for the club to keep developing players.

“Elliott has worked extremely hard since he arrived at the club,” Mellon said after Nevitt’s new deal was announced.

“We felt it was only fair for him to be rewarded with an extended contract.

“We’re always wanting to improve the players we already have at the club.

“We’re delighted that Elliott has agreed to stay with us for longer and continue his development with us.”

Elliot definitely has the potential to become a force at Rovers and will continue to grow with the more time he gets on the pitch as the season goes on.

A little bit of patience may be needed from the Prenton Park faithful.

There may be a wait for Nevitt to show them that progress is being made.

His next chance to show the fans what he can do will be in Bristol as Tranmere travel down to the West Country to face Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

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