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Boss: "More Of The Club Youngsters Have Shown They Are Ready For The Step Up"

20 September 2019

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell says more of the club’s youngsters are showing that they are ready for first-team minutes. The Alex boss says that the quality of the players emerging through the Academy has allowed him to give the likes of Owen Dale and Rio Adebisi their chances already this season and he appreciates that there are more pushing through as well.

David told “The Academy is a vital cog in how it works at this football club. The Academy continues to feed the first-team and they usually determine how far we can go.

“That is testimony to the work our Academy staff do here and the hard work they put in to make sure that those young players are good enough for the level. The pathway is clear.

“I am mindful of the fact that we have a collective number of players here who are ready to play for the first-team. That is why I have no qualms about handing Rio his debut as an 18 year-old against Aston Villa. I did it because we felt he was ready.

“Now is Rio going to play 40 games? No. Can he play 12 games on the spin? Probably not, but I know that he can play and he will get plenty of opportunities here. Travis (Johnson) is ready, Josh (Lundstram) is ready, Luke Offord could play if we needed him and then we have the likes of Regan (Griffiths) and Conor (Heath) making strides as well.

“That is before we even talk about the likes of Owen Dale and Oli Finney getting more game time. They are more advanced in their development. They could probably play 12 games on the spin.”

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