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Collins admits Wolves teenager Kandola has surprised him

Wolves Under 23 manager James Collins has praised teenage central defender Kam Kandola.

The Old Gold have loaned out central defenders Nigel Lonwijk and Christian Marques in recent days.

That provides an opportunity for the likes of Kandola, 17, to step up and Collins told the club’s official website he’s done exactly that.

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“The good thing about players going out is a young player gets an opportunity to show us what he can do,” said Collins.

“Kam [Kandola] is a super kid, but last week, was I sure he was going to do as well as he has done, probably not?

“He’s done excellent, he’s kept two clean sheets, he’s been good on the ball, he’s been relaxed, he’s not made many mistakes – the boys surprise you.

“Now it’s exciting to see who steps into Nigel’s [Lonwijk] place, who steps into Christian’s [Marques] place, that’s the life of an under-23 coach.”

As you can see above, Kandola netted the winning penalty when Wolves Under 23s beat Wigan in the Papa John’s Trophy last week.

Bruno Lage is a manager with a reputation for promoting young players from his time at Benfica.

That means that if Collins’ youngsters keep working hard, playing well and springing surprises, there might be opportunities there.