Artell says some will come in on merit to show what they can do against League One's top side.
David Artell says that tonight’s Football League Trophy encounter with Wigan Athletic will provide a chance for some of his fringe contingent to press their claim for more starts at first team level.
Like most managers in the EFL, Artell will utilise certain members of his squad for the cup-tie and hand those who are most worthy of a chance, an opportunity to stake their claim. Crewe host Leam Richardson’s in-form Wigan side, who currently top the League One table ahead of Sunderland.
They have made a fantastic start to the season, losing just three games in all competitions (two of them to Sunderland).
Artell could give chances to the likes of goalkeeper Dave Richards and summer signings, Callum McFadzean and Madger Gomes.
The boss told the club’s official website: “Every time a player trains, plays for the Under-23s, plays in the Papa John’s Trophy or plays for the first-team, it is an opportunity for them to impress. Tonight will be no different.
“I have always said that football is a team sport but that footballers are self-employed. They have to look after their own careers and be ready when called upon. There is no point coming to me if they say they are not quite fit enough because anyone can run around and look after themselves if they really want to.
“It is a chance for a few of them to show that they should be knocking on the first team door. It will be interesting to see how one or two do and it can certainly alter my thinking if they do well against what at the moment is the best team in our league. They are a tough side to play against, so the attitude will have to be spot on.
“There will be some who are in on merit and are deserving of a chance. The opportunity is there for them and it is up to them to take it. “