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Dave Edwards hails Wolves' academy following Hodge and Campbell emergences

Former Molineux midfielder Dave Edwards has hailed Wolves’ academy for producing talented youngsters such as Joe Hodge and Chem Cambell.

There hasn’t been a great deal to shout about so far this season at Wolves.

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The club have had a really poor start to the new season in the Premier League.

Currently, they sit 18th in the table, just two points above bottom club Leicester City.

Bruno Lage was recently sacked, and fans are hoping a managerial change can serve as a catalyst for change.

The most recent defeat against Chelsea was perhaps expected, but still disappointing.

But there was one small positive to take from the game, and that was the debut of young Joe Hodge in midfield.

The starlet was in the squad in place of Boubacar Traore, who missed out through illness.

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Steve Davis and James Collins know him well, and decided to put their faith in him midway through the match. He replaced the ineffective Goncalo Guedes at half-time.

And it was a really courageous performance from the 20-year-old.

And his showing has been lapped up by Edwards, who also had praise for another academy graduate in Chem Campbell.

He said (via Express & Star): “On a positive note, Wolves have showed how good the academy is. Joe Hodge is a wonderful footballer, technically brilliant and always willing to show for it. Chem Campbell is exciting and makes things happen.

“They went into this game and made an effort to make an impact, rather than trying to get through it and not make a mistake.”

Joe Hodge can hold his head high after making debut for Wolves against Chelsea

There were too many Wolves players who were not at the races against Chelsea, and some just didn’t seem to have any urgency, intensity or desire.

But young Hodge came on and gave a fantastic account of himself.

He was not overawed by the occasion, and showed a willingness to get on the ball whenever he could.

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It was a game against a very good team, but he did not look out of place.

Hodge has worked tremendously hard to overcome his injury problems in the last year, and has been shining for the U21s.

It would be brilliant if he now started to get a bit more involvement in the first-team.