Bruno Lage has praised Chem Campbell, and insisted he now sees the youngster as ‘a man’.
Campbell was in action for the U21s on Tuesday against Stockport, and was one of several standout performers for James Collins’ side.
The U21s produced some really good football in the Papa Johns Trophy match, and were full value for their 2-1 victory.
Lee Harkin opened the scoring before Tyler Roberts scored an excellent solo goal to seal three points at Edgeley Park.
It was a really mature performance from Wolves against an experienced outfit.
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A delighted Collins said after the game: “I thought we came here and did all the tough stuff really well, which allowed us to play our football and get our chances.
“I thought we had the better chances and deserved to win the game.”
Campbell wasn’t on the scoresheet this time, but the winger was in fine fettle throughout the match. He came very close when he hit the post with a free-kick.
Lage praised Campbell afterwards, hailing the 19-year-old’s maturity.
He said (via Express & Star): “And with Chem, at the beginning (of last season) I looked at him for six months and thought to myself ‘maybe he’s just another kid’.
“But after that moment, I can see him as a man. He’s now got more responsibility, more in training, and he’s started this season very well. I’m very happy and he can be a solution.
Chem Campbell is clearly well liked by Bruno Lage
This must be really encouraging for Campbell to hear.
The talented Wales youth international is one of the brightest prospects at Molineux at the moment, and for the first-team manager to be saying things like this must do his confidence the world of good.
He has already made a couple of Premier League appearances this season Wolves.
Journalist Liam Keen was present at Edgeley Park on Tuesday, and described Campbell as being ‘a cut above this level’.
It will be interesting to see if Wanderers officials will entertain the idea of a loan move in January. Or perhaps Lage would even like to hand him more minutes.