By , May 4, 2016 9:31 am

Crewe Alexandra forward, Callum Saunders has a big burden to carry at the League One club being the son of popular figure. Assistant coach of the squad, James collins, says the striker has the talent to be successful in his chosen footballing career despite his father’s influence.

The striker who is only 20 years of age is the son of famous Ex-Liverpool, Aston Villa and Wales’s striker. Callum signed a deal with Crewe Alexandra in 2014 and has been growing gradually with the club.

“He’s a late developer.

“But he threatens the back four and gives us a threat – he’s a goal scorer,” the coach told BBC Radio recently.

The player scored in the last game against Colchester that ended 1-1. The goal was the striker’s second league goal in his second full season with the League One outfit. However, the club is already relegated this season to the League Two after a very poor run of games as the team has earned just 31 points in 43 matches.

“It’s good to see him score that type of goal – leaping into the box and scoring with the header – he was always good in the air coming through the academy,” Collins commented on Callum’s goal.

“He’s still got a bit to come physically but now’s the time to do it, he’s got to have a good year next year – it’s a big one for him.

“It’s a difficult burden to have on your back when your dad’s scored as many goals as he did, it’s a big pressure,” the assistant coach added.

The team face Oldham athletic next in an away match after the draw against 23rd-placed Colchester United. Collins after that match said: “It has been a tough and long season. You could tell it was two teams that are down there. But it was important that we got something. The players had to dig in and got a late reward.”

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