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Artell Not Afraid To Throw Youngsters In

9 August 2017

Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell says he is not overly concerned with the lack of experience in his squad, instead claiming that he will always follow the philosophy of the Football Club by giving young players their opportunities.

Artell has told crewealex.net that he would not hesitate to throw any of his youngsters into the fray because that is the Crewe Alexandra way.

Ahead of our League Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers this evening, Artell told us: “I've got no problem putting Billy Sass-Davies on, or anyone else for that matter. They wouldn't be on the bench otherwise.

“We've got James Jones, George Ray and Zoumana (Bakayogo) to come back who have whatever, 600 games between them, so there's three experienced lads there.

“Would I play all the bench at the same time? Probably not, because you can't go too far that way with inexperience.

“You have to get the blend right, that's why we've brought in Michael (Raynes), Chris (Porter), Eddie (Nolan) and Jordan (Bowery) to a certain degree.

“But Harry Pickering played at Bury and was fantastic. Would I have a problem throwing him on at left-back? It's not an issue at all. He's got good character, good mindset, good mentality, nothing fazes him.

'Go on, go and survive'. That's what we do. I'm happy, we all go on about English football and lack of opportunity, well I'd like to think Crewe Alexandra are the opposite.

The boss added: “We give opportunities, there's only one way to find out and I'm prepared to take that risk.”


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