Crewe manager Alex sets the record straight on loan deals


Crewe manager Dave Artell has made it clear he won’t give up on Tyreece Onyeka, or any of his young players, just because they aren’t an instant hit on loan.

Onyeka made his first-team debut for the Alex when the 20-year-old striker came off the bench in last weekend’s goalless draw at home to Shrewsbury.

He followed that up with two goals on Tuesday in Crewe’s 4-0 win at home to Alsager in the Cheshire Senior Cup.

The academy graduate has had loan spells at Matlock and Stalybridge Celtic this season without much success, but Artell says experience is part of any player’s development.

He said, “You have to remember that development is not linear.

“When you take boys from Premier League clubs, certainly like their first loans, it’s very difficult for them to do well.

“Some of our boys who go to a different environment also find it difficult even though it’s accepted – not by me and the staff, but it’s accepted by a large majority that they should do well because they go three, four or five leagues lower.

“But that’s not always the case. They can see the hustle and bustle of first-team football, they can see the non-stop nature of games – Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday.

“They didn’t experience any of that. They see what it means for others to win and they see different methods of coaching.

“So when all of this is thrown at them, some players take a while to come to terms with all of this and figure out exactly what and who they are.

“When a player came out of that football club and didn’t do well, that doesn’t mean he’s terminally ill at that football club or anything like that. It means that with your next loan , or your next first-team opportunity, have you learned that is the question and invariably they have.

“With something like this, you have to learn from it. You take Tyreece, he played a few games at Matlock and didn’t come in, then he went to Stalybridge and did well, then all of a sudden he’s on the first-team pitch.

“Is it because he set the world on fire in these clubs? No, he didn’t. He said so himself and officials told me that was not the case either.

“It’s not a criticism, it’s just their way of seeing things, their opinion.

“That doesn’t mean it’s over for him. He has to improve and he has to keep improving, if he does, great. If he doesn’t, don’t expect playing or being at the club, but you could say that with a whole host of players.

“Billy Sass-Davies needed four or five loan spells, Will Jaaskelainen had six I think. You have to give them time and understand that they are on the right track.

“Sometimes as staff we will make decisions that they are not on track or not learning, or not learning fast enough.

“With others it’s a loan spell, bang and they’re straight here and in the squad because they’ve already sorted everything out. There’s no right and wrong and it’s certainly not linear, or not very often, that’s for sure.

“We have to make sure we provide a platform, whether it’s in our first team, someone else’s first team or on the training ground.

“If we do that, they have every chance of succeeding. If they don’t, we will all have – players and staff – all done our best to make it happen and they will have to ply their trade elsewhere.

“But they will go with as much development as we could have put into them and with our best wishes.”

Two goals each from Onyeka and Connor Salisbury guided Alex to a 4-0 victory over Alsager in Tuesday’s Cheshire Senior Cup third round tie.

The Alex return to the first team on Saturday when they are at Cambridge.

Crewe (against Alsager): Jaaskelainen, Woodcock, Holicek, Bhatti, Lawton, Kempster-Down, Tabiner, Lundstram, Salisbury, Onyeka, Finney.

Submarines used: Wood, Higgins, Crolla.

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