With Crewe Alexandra set to put out a side made up entirely of youth academy products on Saturday, Will Unwin explains how they've got there
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Michael Laudrup hopes to bolster his midfield by adding Crewe midfielder Ashley Westwood, who was an integral part of their promotion from League Two last season (Daily Mail)
Crewe have completed the signing of Manchester City striker Harry Bunn on a six-month loan deal. Bunn, 19, is yet to make his first-team debut for the Premier League champions, but has a prolific scoring record for City's youth and reserve teams.
– Harry Bunn, speaking to Crewe's official website
Once I knew there was a possibility I could come to Crewe I wanted to come here. There were other interested clubs but I knew I would be joining a club who play football the right way.
I played about 18 games last season, mainly as a wide player, but I hope to play more in my favourite position up front. I like to come deep and get the ball, turn, run at defenders and score goals.
I have had a look around the stadium. It seems a big club. They used to be in the Championship and hopefully they can get back there.
Crewe dominated in their opening game of the new campaign, beating League One rivals Hartlepool 5-0. An early strike by Ajay Leitch-Smith, and two each for Max Clayton and debutant Mathias Pogba put them through to the second round of the League Cup.
Crewe new boy Mathias Pogba has made an immediate impression at Gresty Road netting seven times in the club's pre-season friendlies. The tall striker, who is the brother of former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, joined Crewe in the summer from Wrexham.
Crewe goalkeeper Steve Phillips is unlikely to be fit for the club's first match of the new campaign due to a knee injury. The former Bristol Rovers stopper hasn't featured at all in pre-season and may need surgery to remove a lump on his knee.
Former Charlton and Crewe striker Chris Dickson played in AEL Limassol's 1-0 victory over Partizan Belgrade in the Champions League.
The Blades have brought in Crewe striker Shaun Miller for an undisclosed fee after he declared his desire to leave Gresty Road following a downturn in form.