Albion winger tipped for top by Crofts

The Argus: Solly March has impressed his team-mate Andrew Crofts Solly March has impressed his team-mate Andrew Crofts

Albion's FA Cup matchwinner Andrew Crofts has tipped Solly March to become a top player.

Crofts slotted the only goal in the third round victory over Reading at The Amex but 19-year-old March was named man-of-the-match on his full debut.

Midfielder Crofts, who played in the Premier League for Norwich, believes the versatile right-winger signed from Lewes has the talent and temperament to go a lot further.

He said of March: “I wasn’t surprised by the way he played, because he is more than capable of doing that.

“I see him day in and day out and I know what ability he’s got. We saw him in pre-season against Norwich when he came on and scored.

“He is capable of that and on another day he’d have got a couple of goals. His performance was superb and he’s got a really bright future.

“He’s a quiet lad, a humble lad. He’s got his feet on the ground and I’ve got real hopes for him. I think he can have a really good career if he keeps working hard.

“We’ve got some really top wingers but he’s shown people what he is all about and has a great future ahead of him.

“I don’t have to say about him keeping his feet on the ground, because he’s not that type of lad at all. He goes past people with ease and he works hard when he doesn’t have the ball as well, so they are really good signs.”

Albion’s safe passage means their home game against Leeds in the Championship, scheduled for January 25, will have to be rearranged.

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6:47am Mon 6 Jan 14

albionbloke says...

Nice compliments from someone who's been around plenty of good players in his time. Being an ex-pat, I've never seen him play but judging by the comments from those of you who have seen him, it sounds like you echo those thoughts. Great to see such a young talent rising from our youth team.
Nice compliments from someone who's been around plenty of good players in his time. Being an ex-pat, I've never seen him play but judging by the comments from those of you who have seen him, it sounds like you echo those thoughts. Great to see such a young talent rising from our youth team. albionbloke

7:14am Mon 6 Jan 14

saraman says...

Solly was magnificant against Reading and it will not be too long before he is regularly in the starting eleven. Another one to be given a long term contract before he is poached by the big boys. The same applies to Ince.

Also, what a revelation Chicksen was on Saturday. Next season these three lads will be first team regulars if we can keep them.
Solly was magnificant against Reading and it will not be too long before he is regularly in the starting eleven. Another one to be given a long term contract before he is poached by the big boys. The same applies to Ince. Also, what a revelation Chicksen was on Saturday. Next season these three lads will be first team regulars if we can keep them. saraman

9:16am Mon 6 Jan 14

seagullsays says...

Agree with above comments. Pacey, direct, works hard defensively, not afraid to take a man on, and not afraid to have a go at goal from distance. If the offer for Buckley from Sunderland is still on the table, I'd let him go. We've got a replacement lined up already in Solly March.

Whilst I think Buckley can be a great player on his day, he's injury prone, very inconsistent, and is too lightweight in a challenge. Orlandi and Lua Lua are also injury prone,and I think having two on the books is just about ok, but three is a liability. I realise March hasn't proved quality with consistency yet but think he looks the part. Might sound harsh, but that's football.
Agree with above comments. Pacey, direct, works hard defensively, not afraid to take a man on, and not afraid to have a go at goal from distance. If the offer for Buckley from Sunderland is still on the table, I'd let him go. We've got a replacement lined up already in Solly March. Whilst I think Buckley can be a great player on his day, he's injury prone, very inconsistent, and is too lightweight in a challenge. Orlandi and Lua Lua are also injury prone,and I think having two on the books is just about ok, but three is a liability. I realise March hasn't proved quality with consistency yet but think he looks the part. Might sound harsh, but that's football. seagullsays

11:06am Mon 6 Jan 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

We have some very bright prospects on our books and it's good that Oscar is giving them a chance to show us what they can do. The future's bright, the future's Albion.UTA
We have some very bright prospects on our books and it's good that Oscar is giving them a chance to show us what they can do. The future's bright, the future's Albion.UTA Joel'sGrandad

4:18pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Jack-Cade says...

Solly's old man, Steve, had a trial at Brighton years ago and was a very successful Sussex County League player with Hailsham Town. Another Tony Towner I think...very local and very good!.
Solly's old man, Steve, had a trial at Brighton years ago and was a very successful Sussex County League player with Hailsham Town. Another Tony Towner I think...very local and very good!. Jack-Cade

8:59pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

Solly was excellent on Saturday although imo, was not my MOTM. In fact I felt it should of gone to Keith Andrews, who took over the roll of Bridcutt well. A steady head with accurate pasding and used hus experience to help other albion players
Solly was excellent on Saturday although imo, was not my MOTM. In fact I felt it should of gone to Keith Andrews, who took over the roll of Bridcutt well. A steady head with accurate pasding and used hus experience to help other albion players Tony the tiger eastbourne

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