Gun­ner Chuks is grate­ful to Dario

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Crewe nowa­days af­ter Gradi stepped down to fo­cus on the club’s youth de­vel­op­ment in 2011, but Aneke thinks the lin­ger­ing ef­fects of his 26-years in charge has been good for him.

“The main at­trac­tion com­ing to Crewe in the first place was know­ing how they de­velop their play­ers. They’re not like any other League One team or any other club in the Foot­ball League, re­ally,” he said.

Pride

“You see the in­flu­ence Dario Gradi has made and though he’s not in­volved with the first team, the young play­ers are still be­ing given a chance even now.

“I’ve been here for a whole year and you see the way the club is run and ideally the team over the years would have stuck to­gether, but fi­nan­cially I guess it hasn’t been vi­able.

“Hard work from both my­self and the coaches have re­ally helped me out with my fin­ish­ing and all as­pects of my game. I’ve def­i­nitely im­proved on what I’m ca­pa­ble of since be­ing here.

“Iini­tially we were as­sess­ing my op­tions in the sum­mer but I am grate­ful Steve took the op­por­tu­nity to bring me back as a young player. I could have stayed at Ar­se­nal, but I was not re­ally get­ting a sniff at be­ing in­volved.

“I al­ways pride my­self on want­ing to play foot­ball and when I knew they wanted me on loan again it was an easy de­ci­sion.

“It’s nice to be com­pared to great play­ers but I’ve only just started my ca­reer, I’ve got a lot to prove and that’s only just started over the last two sea­sons.”

Aneke is bat­tling to keep Crewe out of the rel­e­ga­tion places this sea­son, his eight league strikes be­fore this weekend do­ing much to stop them be­ing cut adrift.

But as his con­tract at Ar­se­nal winds down over the next four months, the young­ster is aware that his ca­reer stands at a cross­roads. Aneke does not know what Arsène

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