CALLUM McFadzean is looking forward to showing Burton Albion fans what he can do after making his debut for the Brewers.
The 19-year-old, signed on loan from Sheffield United last week, played an hour of Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Wycombe.
He admitted to being a touch off the pace – but says that will come with match practice.
“I’m a direct player with energy and the more games I get more the fans will see that,” said the left-back or left winger, who replaced the injured Jimmy Phillips against the Chairboys.
“I didn’t really show that on Tuesday, coming in not having played a lot of minutes and stuff like that.
“I’ll get my fitness and sharpness and I’ll show what I can do.”
McFadzean is excited to be joining Albion’s promotion push at a critical point and had no doubts about making the short journey from Bramall Lane to the Pirelli Stadium.
“It’s very exciting as a footballer – these are the games that you want to play in,” said the Sheffield-born prospect.
“Obviously, I want to be chucked right in there and show people what I can do.
“I was chucked in at Sheffield United (at a crucial point) last season.
“It’s not like I’ve been there and done it, it just gives me a bit of an upper hand in knowing what it takes.
“We didn’t get the outcome we wanted at Sheffield, but it’s my second chance now and I want to get it right and get promoted with Burton.”
McFadzean, who had a loan spell with League Two promotion rivals Chesterfield earlier this season, said ex-Brewers boss Nigel Clough, now in charge of the Blades, did not have to persuade him to make the move.
“It was last Thursday afternoon when I first heard about the interest,” said the teenager. “The gaffer rang me and said Burton had come in for me.
“I just said yes straight away – no ifs or buts about it.
“I wanted to get out and just play football really and get some experience.
“He (Clough) didn’t say much really. He said they wanted me out on loan and it was a great opportunity to get out there and show what I can do.
“I want to get as much experience and game time as I can and help get Burton Albion where they want to go.
“That’s to League One.”
McFadzean, who was an unused substitute against Scunthorpe at the weekend, was pleased to see Albion get three pivotal points against Wycombe and knows how awkward an opponent they can be.
“I played against Wycombe with Chesterfield and they’re one of those teams who sit in and try to break on you and get what they can,” he said. “We dealt with it.
“We’re the same kind of team. We don’t sit back, but we like to counter and get on the attack.
“The points were vital.
“Other teams all won so it’s a key one.
“We need to keep picking points up and putting them on the table.
“That’s the main thing.
“We’ll take it game by game.”