Dan Crowley says he’s still good enough to play for Arsenal, and he believes he can be one of the best number 10s in Europe one day.
After a strong season with Willem II, former Gunner Crowley is attracting interest from top clubs in the Eredivisie and around Europe. The Daily Mail reported in March that PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord were interested in the 21-year-old, along with several clubs in Germany and in the Championship.
Crowley has a year left on his deal with his current club, and he spoke to the media about how he thinks he’s ready for a step up, even to a team as high-profile as Arsenal.
“I do see players from my age group playing in the Premier League now and I think, ‘How are they playing there and I’m not?’,” Crowley told Goal. “Do I think I’m good enough to still be at Arsenal? One hundred per cent. But there are no real regrets because that’s just the way I am. Every career is different.
“I am ambitious. I do massively believe in myself, I think I can be one of the best No.10s in Europe. We’ve done really well this season, but it’s been tough at times. I want to go to a team where you are playing top five, top six.”
Crowley has six goals and 11 assists this season, but his club will be hoping he’s not finished yet.
Willem II contest the KNVB Cup final against Ajax on Sunday, with the chance to lift the trophy for the first team since 1963. Given Ajax’s two-legged Champions League semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur either side of the game, Crowley’s side may be able to take advantage of some resting and rotation as well.
After that, we’ll see which clubs come in for the ex-Arsenal midfielder this summer.