Dario Gradi believes that James Bailey possesses the ability to develop into a future Gareth Whalley, Danny Murphy or Kenny Lunt for the Club.
The young Crewe midfielder, who has recently been troubled by an abductor muscle injury is set to return Friday night’s clash at Burton Albion and Gradi is hopeful that with his injury frustrations behind him, the Academy graduate could become emerge as a key player for Alex.
Due to injury set-backs, Bailey has played just seven times under Gradi this term but he could be back in action at the Pirelli Stadium after impressing for the reserves at Birmingham on Monday.
The Alex boss says his return to full fitness will be a welcome boost as Crewe look to get back to winning ways after a 2-0 defeat at Rochdale on Saturday.
Speaking to the Club’s official website, Gradi said:
“James has grown physically and his muscle definition is there now. He was always a small and thin boy but he has worked hard on his physique and he can cope a lot better now.”
“It has been a frustrating time for him in regards to injuries but he has worked hard to get back and we have always had faith and confidence in his ability.”
“When we bring our own players through, you can see that they have a bit more time on the ball. They create that time and space for themselves with their touch and awareness and James falls into the category.”
“In the past, the likes of Whalley, Murphy and Lunt had that and James has that ability too. You can play more football through midfield when you have the likes of James and Westy in there.”
“They both defend well and pass the ball and are capable of making goals for the team with their vision.”