Mazeed Ogungbo is making an impression with his early performances for Crawley Town, playing in a new position this weekend.

Kevin Betsy with the Arsenal u23s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)
Crawley Town boss Kevin Betsy with the Arsenal u23s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

Arsenal loanee Mazeed Ogungbo is more than capable of playing at left-centre-back, left-back, or left-wing-back, which is likely part of why Kevin Betsy was so keen to bring the defender with him to Crawley Town this summer.

Ogungbo can provide Crawley with cover in multiple positions, and he’s already shown that in his opening two starts.

In midweek, Ogungbo started at left-wing-back, helping Crawley to a 1-0 win over Bristol Rovers to set up a League Cup second-round tie against Premier League Fulham.

Then, on Saturday, Ogungbo started at left-centre-back and played another 90 minutes to keep another clean sheet against Harrogate Town in a 0-0 draw.

If you include his substitute appearance on his debut, Ogungbo’s stats across those three games have been very positive.

Crawley haven’t conceded a single goal in those 216 minutes, with Ogungbo making seven clearances, three interceptions, five tackles, no fouls, winning 15/19 duels, and completing 4/4 dribbles, without being dribbled past once.

Mazeed Ogungbo signing for Crawley Town (Photo via
Mazeed Ogungbo signing for Crawley Town (Photo via

Ogungbo was always likely to get early opportunities at Crawley Town, with Betsy already knowing the Arsenal defender well from their time together with the Gunners academy.

The 19-year-old was a regular for Betsy’s u23 side, and he’ll probably make the starting lineup on a consistent basis in Crawley as well. At least if he keeps playing as he has been.