U’S SEND CROWLEY BACK TO GUNNERS
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