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"Jaaskelainen's 50th Appearance Has Come Around Quickly Because Of His Loan Experiences"

27 October 2020

David Artell on his young goalkeeper as he prepares to make his 50th senior appearance against Lincoln this evening.

Will Jaaskelainen is set to mark his 50th senior appearance for the club this evening and David Artell says the Finland Under-21 International has reached that milestone quickly due to the benefits of going out of loan to various non-league sides.

The former Bolton Wanderers trainee spent invaluable time on loan with the likes of Buxton, Nantwich Town and Loughborough and that experience allowed him to return to Crewe and establish himself as number one over the last couple of seasons.

David Artell told the club’s official website:  “People will say that those 50 games have come around quickly but you forget that he spend almost two seasons gaining experience out on loan.

“He went to places like Buxton and Nantwich and managed to play 40/50 games at least out on loan. He was prepared to go out and learn his trade and play men’s football.

“He has benefitted from those loan spells, learning from Fred (Barber) and picking up those technical snippets from his dad (Jussi).

“He also has a good goalkeeper behind him in Dave Richards. He is pushing him every day. Dave has come on leaps and bounds as well, so we have got two goalkeepers pushing each other.”  

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