Max Kretzschmar has set his sights on forcing his way into the Wanderers first team this season.The 19-year-old penned a new one-year deal with the Blues in May and has impressed so far in pre-season, despite operating in a number of different positions.
Kretzschmar played the full 90 minutes of Tuesday’s 3-0 victory at Eastleigh, featuring in central midfield alongside Stuart Lewis in the first half and then on the left wing in the second.
He also stood out in last Saturday’s 1-0 success at Havant & Waterlooville, where he was deployed in an attacking-midfield role.
“Last year I didn’t get a lot of games so hopefully I’ve hit the ground running this year and can continue my form throughout pre-season and take it into the season itself,” Kretzschmar told Chairboys Player.
“I don’t mind where Gaz plays me and versatility can be a good thing. I don’t mind playing centre mid or on the left and cutting inside. Wherever he wants to play I’ll play and do my best for him.
“I’ll take it one day at a time and just keep my head down and won’t ask too many questions. If I can get into his plans then that would be brilliant for me.”
Kretzschmar added: “Some people played more games than me last season and aren’t here anymore, so if I keep working hard in training then hopefully I’ll get my chance and make my debut this season.
“I don’t just want to make my debut though, I want to start a couple of games or maybe more. Like I said it’s about taking it one day, one week and one match at a time.”
Assistant manager Richard Dobson was quick to highlight the impact that Kretzschmar and fellow youth-team graduate Jesse Kewley-Graham have made since returning to action.
He said: “I thought Max was excellent in the first half (against Eastleigh) and he’s going to be a good player in time.
“Jesse has come back and is sharper and more physical than he has been, which is something he needed to add to his game.
“He’s always extremely fit, but I want to see a bit more aggression in his play as he’s technically good and aerobically excellent.
“Little things have been added to their games and we’re seeing an improvement in them. This is a great time to work on them because we have got time on the training ground without having to worry about games every Saturday and Tuesday.”