Arsenal youngster leaves Reds with ringing endorsement of talents

Barnsley's Dan Crowley
Barnsley's Dan Crowley
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Barnsley manager Lee Johnson has admitted he would love to have Arsenal loanee Dan Crowley back at Oakwell, as he believes he is the most talented 18-year-old he’s ever seen.

Johnson revealed his disappointment at the departure of midfield player Crowley, whom he feels could go on to play for the senior England team.

However, he accepted that the rules surrounding youth loans and the 28-day recall clause means that Arsenal were well within their rights to recall him.

He said: “I think that Dan’s had a fantastic time here, we’ve really enjoyed working with him, he’s probably one of the best, or the best, or most talented 18-year-olds I’ve ever seen.

“Obviously I came through the ranks at Arsenal as well, so there’s players like Ashley Cole that I include in that, players that have had very good careers. For me, it was fantastic to work with him, really enjoyed it, really appreciative to Arsenal.

“I think he had four or five really good effective games for us that showed his quality and where he could be.

“He had a couple of injuries, he was called up by England, which stunted the starts he could have had, but I’ve got nothing but positive thoughts about him as a lad and as a player.

“I don’t see any reason why we couldn’t have Dan Crowley back.

“Of course, as a coach I’d love to work with him someday in the future, because I believe at some point this boy will play for the England national team, if he can iron out the little bits that will come through maturing and playing in a different level.

“I’m disappointed to lose him, but it’s the law.”