UK time is: 00:35:21
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Youngsters Won't Be Risked

The highly rated pair of Max Clayton and Nick Powell won't be risked in the first team till they're physically ready, says Dario.

The two 16 year olds are currently on international duty with England for their Montaigu Tournament campaign which takes place over the next few days.

Big expectations are building on the pair, as well as their Under-16s team mates - a group Dario believes to hold some of the best players the academy has produced. With Liverpool last year attempting to lure Clayton away from the club, Alex fans are understandably eager to see the future of CAFC in action.

Both Clayton and Powell have now signed scholarships with the club, securing their futures for a few years at least. It leaves Dario free to plan their route into the first team but the master says he won't be putting them in the first team till they're absolutely ready.

Dario told thisisstaffordshire.co.uk: 'There were real fears we'd lose Max, who is our best under-16. When Gudjon was in charge he said he was going, but I assured him there would be kids in the team.

'They'll only go in if they are physically strong enough. I wouldn't risk them. They will need to train regularly with the first team initially and adjust to the pace.

'But Nick is playing under-18s football now and between now and September Max is sure to develop physically. While their main priority will be to start their scholarships, I expect both of them to go into the first-team early.'


Previous Alex 'wonder kids' have been given early debuts. Dean Ashton of course made his debut at just 16 years old as a substitute whilst Billy Jones was close to being the youngest first team Alex player ever when he made his debut at 16 and 7 months.

Amongst others Danny Murphy and Kenny Lunt both became first team choices before they had even signed professional terms. But it's not always the case; Nicky Maynard was approaching his 20th birthday before he took the game by storm in 2006.



................................Follow Us On TwitterFollow Us On Facebook




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Dink Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 31 2010

Time: 11:53AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Massive win for Alex (Friday April 18 2014)

Davis delighted at victory (Friday April 18 2014)

Alex seeking a hero (Thursday April 17 2014)

Crewe face crunch game (Thursday April 17 2014)

Crewe can't halt run (Tuesday April 15 2014)

Stats: Crewe Alexandra v Wolves (Tuesday April 15 2014)

No shift in focus (Friday April 11 2014)

Crewe take on leaders (Friday April 11 2014)

Survival quest for defender (Thursday April 10 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Crewe Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Shrewsbury 1 - 3 Crewe
Crewe 0 - 2 Wolves
Crawley 1 - 2 Crewe
Crewe 1 - 2 Coventry
Crewe 1 - 3 Notts County
Gillingham 1 - 3 Crewe

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
17. Coventry 43 16 11 16 -2 49
18. Colchester 43 11 13 19 -12 46
19. Tranmere 43 12 10 21 -24 46
20. Crewe 43 12 10 21 -27 46
21. Carlisle 42 11 11 20 -26 44
22. Notts County 43 13 4 26 -16 43
23. Shrewsbury 43 9 14 20 -16 41

Breaking League News

Blades enjoy Good Friday win
Sheff Utd : 18/04/2014 22:15:00
RUFC - Evans 'We Play Some Entertaining Football'
Rotherham : 18/04/2014 22:12:00
RUFC - Evans 'Fantastic Advert For League One'
Rotherham : 18/04/2014 22:07:00
Sheff Utd : 18/04/2014 22:04:00
Stevenage : 18/04/2014 22:02:00
Millers And Wolves In Ten Goal Thriller
Rotherham : 18/04/2014 21:35:00
Orient Set For Play-Offs
Leyton Orient : 18/04/2014 20:43:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Are Crewe stronger than this time last season?
Suggested By:  Vital Crewe
Yes 62%
No 38%