Second half substitute Callum Ainley certainly caught the eye against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday. Ainley replaced James Jones as Crewe chased a two goal deficit and the skilful Academy graduate offered a different dimension when running at the Plymouth back three.
Ainley’s ability to drift past players saw him make a positive impact and his contribution did not go unnoticed by manager David Artell or his backroom staff.
Artell told the club’s official website: “Callum is a good player and he showed that when he came on Saturday.
“He made a difference but he didn’t score one or create one so that is the next step. He had a turn and shot that went wide and he has to ask himself if he can be better in those type of situations? He has to succeed and make sure he bends that into the far corner. Those are the fine margins and we know he is good enough to do that.
“He has to succeed more in those critical moments. We know he can pass, run, and be reliable enough in his defending, so it is just improving those key moments and making him more effective.
“That is what will get into the team and will make sure he stays there.”