Alex boss it will be interesting to see who plays to their potential in the white-hot atmosphere of Elland Road.
David Artell says that a chance to play at Elland Road and to come up against Premier League calibre players will only benefit the younger players in his Crewe Alexandra squad. The Alex boss is looking forward to seeing how his new-look team performs in front of an almost sell-out crowd and says his players will quickly learn about the levels.
Talking ahead of our Carabao Cup tie with Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United side, Artell told the club’s official website: “Our players will quickly be shown the levels. It they are unsure of what it takes to be a Premier League footballer, they will be under no illusions tomorrow night.
“It will be interesting to see who performs close to their ability and potential in that environment. They will be asked questions that perhaps they have never been asked before and let’s see how they cope with it.
“We played Aston Villa in the same competition and gave a good account of ourselves. I thought the scoreline flattered them a little if I am honest on the night but their quality shone through in the end. That is the level we are dealing with.
“We are still a work in progress and we have to have one eye on Charlton on Saturday but that is not me being disrespectful to Leeds United in any way! We have got to monitor the squad accordingly because we have a lot of games in the opening month of the season and are operating with 22, 23 players.
“We have had a hectic start to the season. We have had three long trips already and had to deal with the Norovirus last week, which cost us a number of the players at Oxford and then a few more on Saturday.
“It has been a bit manic but we will get there."