Crewe Alexandra: Teen ace Ryan Colclough tipped to make big impact
STEVE Davis admits he is excited by the sudden emergence of teenage winger Ryan Colclough.
The Burslem 17-year-old came off the bench for his first Crewe appearance in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient ... and almost marked a bright cameo by scoring a late winner.
Colclough was promoted to train with the seniors during the summer, and manager Davis thinks that company has helped bring on his game.
Colclough, who can play wide midfield or in a central attacking role, was back in the under-21s squad on Monday to score twice in a 2-2 draw at Coventry.
But Davis is not afraid to give youth a chance in League One ... and hinted that Alex supporters would be seeing more of Colclough this season.
He said: "Ryan has always been highly regarded by our coaches and Dario Gradi.
"He has come into the senior group, training with us in pre-season and impressing in those games by showing a willingness to defend as well as create and score goals.
"I told our academy managers I was keen to have him with us, and it's pushed him on. His 10 minutes on Saturday was a result of the work we have all put in with him. There's a lot to be excited about.
"Hopefully, he'll now push to be involved regularly. That's what we want to see our young boys doing. Maybe he's next on our production line."
Davis has more attacking options for Saturday's trip to MK Dons, with Byron Moore returning from compassionate leave and Mathias Pogba back in training.
Pogba, Crewe's joint-top scorer with four goals, has been sidelined since August with a knee injury, but is tipped to make the bench.