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Barber: "We Have Three Goalkeepers Challenging For Number One"

20 April 2018

Goalkeeping coach Fred Barber has told the club’s official website that the club have three younger goalkeepers who could all be challenging for the number one spot next season. Barber who has worked with the likes of Bolton Wanderers, West Brom and Northern Ireland during a fantastic coaching career says that the goalkeeping situation at Crewe is healthy going into the 2018/19 season.

Fred told the club’s official website: “I think Crewe is entering a new era when it comes to goalkeepers. We have not been renowned for producing goalkeepers in the past. The club have had some very good goalkeepers in the past but they have been the older, more experienced ones.

“Now we have three young goalkeepers under the age of 24 battling it out for the number one shirt.  I include young Will Jaaskelainen in that at 19 because he is potentially a very good goalkeeper. He is very focussed and driven like his dad (Jussi) was.

“Goalkeepers do not really mature until they are 27, 28, so they all have time on their hands. They will have their ups and downs and make mistakes but that is part of the development.

“They all get on well but they all want to be number one. They are the first ones out on the training ground and the last ones off and they work hard and push each other every day.

Fred added: “Although you are challenging for the one place in the first team you tend to find that goalkeepers all support the one that is in there playing. “

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