David Artell has encouraged his fringe players to continue to gain valuable experience out on loan and says that the strategy he has implement is only helping with their development.
The likes of Dan Udoh, Ollie Finney, Owen Dale and Will Jaaskelainen have all benefitted from periods out on loan this season and Artell is for all them gaining competitive game time.
The Crewe Alexandra boss admits that he has to balance to cover any injuries occurring in his first-team squad and to allow the club to fulfil Under-23 and Youth fixtures, but he is open to younger players going out on loan.
The Crewe boss said: “I think it is important that the young players know that there is a consequence that comes with playing football. There are points to be had and people’s livelihoods depend on it.
“Playing men’s football makes them fully aware of that and what it means. They have to have the drive personally to succeed in this game. No one can do it for them.
“I think allowing some of them to go out on loan helps their development. It is a different pathway for them but it gives them a different perspective on things and they can appreciate the emphasis on winning and losing.
“Hopefully if they can learn and experience other things they can bring it back here and facilitate it in our first-team squad. Football is not easy. You have one shot at it, so you have to do everything you can to improve.”