We’ve had some real success bringing youth up through the ranks recently, and Arsene Wenger is apparently looking to continue that trend by fast-tracking yet another teenager into the first team, according to the Daily Mail.
Dan Crowley has been touted as one of the brightest young stars in the academy in recent years, and many thought he’d be well on his way to a securing a first team spot by now. He hasn’t quite taken the chances he’s been given though, as we saw during pre-season ahead of this campaign.
The likes of Alex Iwobi and Jeff Reine-Adelaide were the stars of the show, while our other youngsters failed to really make the grade. Another season on and Wenger will be looking to see who he can bring up through the ranks, with Crowley apparently next in line for a call up.
Crowley looked fantastic at youth level a year or two ago, and there really seemed to be no question at all that he’d be following in the footsteps of Jack Wilshere – who he’s been likened to in the past (via the Daily Star). He doesn’t seem to have quite pushed on as many would have hoped though, and his performances for the U21s have been fairly average in honesty.
He’s still got massive potential though, and Wenger clearly sees something in him. At 18-years-old he still has plenty of time to improve, and hopefully a spot with the senior side on the line will motivate him to reach his potential.
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With Alex Iwobi and Hector Bellerin rising through the ranks and making a real impact on the first team, Crowley will be eager to follow in their footsteps. But can he have the same impact?