George Cooper: Crewe winger will come good - Steve Davis

George Cooper
George Cooper has scored three goals in 36 games in total for Crewe

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis says the form of teenage winger George Cooper may have been affected by the high-profile start to his career.

The 19-year-old scored on his full home debut against Coventry in October 2014 but has struggled to make an impact for the League One strugglers this term.

"It may have happened - most of the young players do read the headlines," Davis told BBC Radio Stoke.

"The opposition become more aware of you and change tactics to subdue you."

Davis added: "He has to learn from that and find a way of performing better when teams know about you.

"That comes with age and experience and I know he'll come good again - I know he's working hard."

After scoring three goals in 25 appearances last season, Cooper has played 12 times so far in 2015-16 but has not featured in Crewe's last seven league games.

"We all still believe in him but, like every young player, he has had a dip," Davis said. "He will get out of it - he's one of our prospects and we still regard him as someone with great potential."

Steve Davis
Davis marked four years as Crewe boss in November 2015

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