U’S SEND CROW­LEY BACK TO GUN­NERS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Paul Ed­di­son

OX­FORD United boss Michael Ap­ple­ton says he is un­con­cerned if he has up­set one of English foot­ball’s giants af­ter ter­mi­nat­ing Arse­nal mid­fielder Dan Crow­ley’s loan spell six months early.

Crow­ley made 11 ap­pear­ances for the U’s, scor­ing three goals, but was left out of the squad for the pre­vi­ous three matches af­ter Ap­ple­ton pub­licly ques­tioned his pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

The 19-year-old was sup­posed to stay at the Kas­sam Sta­dium un­til the end of the sea­son, but Ap­ple­ton says he will al­ways do what’s best for the club.

“I’m cer­tainly not go­ing to lose sleep if Arse­nal have an is­sue with Ox­ford United go­ing for­ward,” said Ap­ple­ton.

“The one thing we are, and will al­ways be, is very pro­fes­sional. Noth­ing and no­body will ever get in the way of what we’re try­ing to do from a team cul­ture and ethos point of view.”

Crow­ley was also sent back to the Gun­ners early from a loan spell at Barns­ley last sea­son.

Ap­ple­ton re­cently ques­tioned whether the Eng­land Un­der-19 in­ter­na­tional’s head was in the right place.

The man­ager said last month: “He has fan­tas­tic abil­ity, but his pro­fes­sion­al­ism at times lets him down. He’s had a few is­sues at Arse­nal and Barns­ley pre­vi­ously. It’s all a mas­sive learn­ing curve for him.”

EXIT: Dan Crow­ley

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