Beadle: Crewe loan has helped me kick on

Young keeper made his professional debut this season.

By Charlie Hanson • 28 April 2023

By Kevin Warburton
James Beadle made his EFL debut against Walsall in February, keeping a clean sheet.

Despite only playing nine games, James Beadle says he has reached a new level in his game after his loan spell with League Two Crewe Alexandra.

The 18-year-old joined the Railwaymen in January and after an initial spell as backup keeper, he made his professional debut against Walsall in February.

The former Charlton Athletic stopper went on to keep three clean sheets in his nine appearances before an ankle injury brought an early end to his season.

“I felt like I played well, I am disappointed that it came to an end because everything was going in the right direction,” James reflected. “I feel like I made some good saves as well which always helps.

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The goalkeeper made 11 Premier League 2 appearances before heading out on loan.

“It’s a lot different to Premier League 2, it’s a lot more physical and the game is a more long ball but I feel like I made quite a smooth transition.

“When I first came to Brighton I kicked on a lot and I feel that’s the same after my time at Crewe. I have definitely progressed.”

Beadle backed himself to do well but said the support of his Crewe teammates and the fans helped him maintain a high level.

“The way I am I always back myself. I thought I would play well and I am pleased that it worked out.

“The fans were really good, they got behind me and it was good for my first loan to have them on my side as quickly as possible.

“There were a few nerves when I was going to make my debut, but on the whole I was excited. I just wanted to show people what I could do at a high level and I feel like I did that. I kept a clean sheet as well which capped it off. I enjoyed my time there.”

But what was the biggest difference between under-21s football and playing for a senior team?

“Under-21s is really good quality but needing those three points at senior level is such a different pressure. Every game you need to win for the team, the manager and the fans.”