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"He wants a career so badly"
MAX Kretzschmar is now physically ready for the Wanderers first team, with manager Gareth Ainsworth praising the midfielder's passion for the club.
The 19-year-old impressed after being given his longest run-out for the side on Saturday, replacing the injured Josh Scowen after just quarter of an hour.
He was given the nod despite the more experienced Matt Spring and Matt Bloomfield sitting alongside him on the bench, and Ainsworth said he was impressed by his performance.
He said: "Max Kretzschmar really wants a career in the game. He wants it so bad. That's the reason I put him on in front of other members of the squad.
"Age is irrelevant to me. It's form and desire and passion for the club, and that's boy's got it in abundance. He injected so much energy into our side."
Ainsworth added: "He's been a slow burner. He saw a lot of people get their debuts last year. He wasn't physically ready and he knew that.
"We've told him to go away and get himself physically ready. That means get in the gym, make himself bigger, get more powerful, because he's got a good football brain.
"I liken him to some of the top players who play in the hole. He's a very continental player, if you will.
"The way I play, with energy and being up and at them, he's willing to do that as well. He's willing to do the chasing and win headers."
Kretzschmar tweeted after the game: "Southend were a very good team and we dug out a win! Buzzing! Great performance."
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