Former Yeovil Town midfielder Nick Crittenden believes that Dorchester Town's loan midfielder Ollie Bassett is bringing a bit of life and excitement to his Magpies side. Crittenden has a foot in both camps - working in the Huish Park accounts department by day, whilst acting as Dorchester's Assistant Manager and player on matchdays. Hence he has a closer than usual viewpoint on the 18 year old, who is currently in the third month at the Avenue Stadium this season, that has seen Bassett score three times in 13 appearances.
Bassett also picked up Dorchester's Player Of The Month earlier this week, with all three of his goals being netted during the month of November, and Critts has told the Dorset Echo that he feels the more Bassett plays, the more he is growing into his role with the Magpies:
"Ollie seems to be growing in confidence every game. Itís important for him to get minutes under his belt. He is young and learning, his ability is there for all to see. The way he takes people on and the way he skips around people like they are not there, it's something you canít teach. He is progressing well and has certainly boosted our performances. He has brought a bit of life and a bit of excitement. When he picks the ball up you can sense something is going to happen. He has a good attitude as well, which is a nice thing. If you tell him something he listens, he doesnít answer back and he is a good lad, we are thoroughly enjoying having him."
Crittenden echoes the words of his manager Mark Jermyn, who said last month that the main thing that Bassett needed to work on was what he did when he didn't have the ball at his feet. However, he felt that he was taking the right attitude in accepting that feedback on his game:
"He is good on the ball but that is half the game. On the ball he has no problem at all but he has to work on his game off the ball. I think he has the aggression in him and I donít think that will hold him back. Itís just that running off the ball and working back. Itís a learning curve but one I am sure he is willing to accept."
Bassett's current loan spell with the Magpies is expected to run until just after Boxing Day, with the two clubs having extended his deal during late November.
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