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Aneke Makes His Debut For Stevenage & Freeman Impresses

by on November 27, 2011

Chuks Aneke (middle) making his debut for Stevenage

Chuks Aneke made his debut for League One side Stevenage yesterday against Walsall. Aneke started the match in his preferred position in the number ten role behind Stevenage striker Byron Harrison. The young Arsenal midfielder nearly scored on his debut after his volley dipped narrowly over the crossbar. Aneke came off on the 57th minute for Stevenage, he showed glimpses of what he can offer Stevenage. But it was the eighteen year old’s first ever competitive Football League match.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley said this about Aneke after the match.

“[Chuks Aneke] made some positive contributions and could have scored what could have been the winner but it wasn’t really suited to his game out there.”

It’s understandable Aneke didn’t have the best of games because it’s his first match for Stevenage and it will take time for Aneke to adapt to League One football. Because theirs a big difference between Reserve football and League One football. I fully expect this loan move will give Aneke vital experience and make him a better player.

Luke Freeman is also on loan at Broadhall Way and started on the left in a four man midfield. This was Freeman’s second appearance since joining Stevenage on loan earlier this month. Arguably one of Stevenage’s stand out performers today, causing Walsall all sorts of problems but was unable to score his first goal for Stevenage. Freeman did have a couple of chances in front of goal yesterday but was unlucky not to score.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley said this about Freeman after the match.

“He is a handful but he’s going to have to adapt his game and learn when to release it at the right time,” “There were times when he attracted two or three players over to him and if he had released it we could have been in on the overload. But he’s a talented young player and he’s going to grow as a player here that’s for sure.

People need to remember Freeman has only been playing as a winger for the last season and a bit. Formerly playing as a center forward where he used to score for fun at youth level for Arsenal. The more games he plays for Stevenage the more experience he will get. He’s able to take players on and his crossing will get better during his time at Stevenage. I fully expect Freeman to score goals for Stevenage as well.

Graham Westley also spoke about loan players as a whole.

“I think the first measure you make of any loan player is, what’s their character like? And the players’ characters are beyond reproach and that’s a credit to their football club. You can see they’ve been schooled where they’ve been schooled.”

With players like Aneke and Freeman been taught to play the “Arsenal way” it’s very difference to how teams play football in League One. So both players have to learn how to play a different style of football.

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