Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Under 23 side take on Crewe Alexandra in the Papa John’s trophy tonight.

James Collins’ side will play the League 1 outfit, who also played against Wolves in pre-season.

That encounter ended in a 1-0 loss for Bruno Lage’s side, but Collins’ young charges have an opportunity to qualify for the knockout rounds tonight.

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One key player in the side looking to do that is likely to be 18-year-old Chem Campbell.

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Campbell was sent off in the 1-1 draw with bitter rivals West Brom last week for putting his hand into an opponent’s face.

Collins has spoken to the club website about that and praised the winger’s overall maturity.

“Chem is maturing really well. He had an early rise to the top and he’s had a tough time in the 12 months before the last six months.


“But in the last six months, he’s shown real maturity. I wouldn’t have given him the captain’s armband if I didn’t think that.”

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“I’ve not seen it, but if he’s raised his hands to a face, whether it’s a slap, a punch, even just a hand to the face – you can’t do that. When someone grabs you, the temptation is to shove them off.

“But you’ve got to shove them low. He’s got to learn, and I’m sure he will. Chem isn’t the petulant boy he once was, he’s much more mature. He’s a good kid and he will learn from it.”

Campbell is one of the brightest starlets in Wolves’ academy and will come in for plenty of opposition attention.

It seems he is getting better at dealing with it and will likely learn his lesson from the red card last week.

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