Crewe coach hails Aussie Inman's potential

Aussie Bradden Inman’s slim hopes of making the Socceroos World Cup squad rest with a barnstorming finish to the season with League One strugglers Crewe Alexandra.

But manager Steve Davis has no doubts the 22-year-old has it in him to play a key role in turning around the club’s fortunes and catching the eye of national selectors.

Inman made a permanent switch to relegation-threatened Crewe from Newcastle United after an impressive loan stint last season saw him bag eight goals in 26 games.

Speaking before Crewe’s 3-1 loss to ladder leaders Brentford on Saturday, Davis expressed confidence the Adelaide-born midfielder would soon be back in top goal-scoring form.

"His all-round performances lately have actually been better than last season," Davis told Stoke’s The Sentinel.

"He hasn't produced the goals yet, but we're confident he will. We've got 16 games left, so we still think he could get half-a-dozen goals.

"He's a good finisher, clinical, and he can set players up. He's got good vision in the final third.

"We're expecting more from him. He's nowhere near reached his potential. There is a lot more to come from Brad, I'm sure."

Inman, who represented Scotland as a youth international, impressed Davis with his professionalism after a faltering start to life at Gresty Road the second time around, and has since cemented his spot at midfield left.

"We expected him to be better than he was at the start of the season, he didn't fulfil what we expected straight away for whatever reason,” Davis said.

"Maybe he took it for granted a little bit that he would be in the team without having to work hard enough. He didn't work hard enough, so he found himself out of the team.

"Since he's come back he's been great. His attitude's been spot on. His work rate's been good in games.

"What we have to do is keep pushing him and pushing him to get him to a higher level, keep trying to improve him and encourage him."

As for any World Cup aspirations, Davis added: "All Brad's got to do is keep playing well for us. If those things are to happen it will be because he is playing very well for Crewe."