Simon Grayson happy to give opportunities to young Fleetwood players who could be "the future of the club"

Simon Grayson gave opportunities to two of Fleetwood Town's up-and-coming talents this week as he plans for the future at Highbury.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 8:00 am
Updated Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 8:56 am

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It was Rydel's fifth appearance since Grayson's appointment as head coach at the end of January, whereas midfielder Baggley enjoyed his first league outing for close to two years.

Grayson said: "Ryan has done all right. He had a few games a few weeks ago, then we took him out of the team. But in the last few weeks in training he's shown that he deserved an opportunity.

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Ryan Rydel was back in Fleetwood's starting line-up against Crewe

"He came off (after 65 minutes) because we changed the system, went to a back four and tried to add an attacking option."

Baggley replaced Dan Batty shortly afterwards and Grayson added: "Barry has done well this year. He is a talented player and we wanted to give them a bit of game-time because hopefully these boys will be the future of the football club."

Jordan Rossiter is another who left the action midway through the second half against the Alex and Grayson added: "Rossiter's ankle was so swollen on Sunday morning (after the defeat at Hull City) I don't know how he played on Tuesday. That shows the character he has but we tried to protect him a bit by bringing him off.

"Dan Batty just felt his hamstring a little bit, so we took him off as well. Precaution is the name of the game.

"Wes Burns got a couple of kicks on his calf on Saturday and we'll see whether he's fit for weekend."

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