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James Collins lauds Wolves youngster Austin Samuels after U23s brace

Wolverhampton Wanderers U23s coach James Collins has praised Austin Samuels, after the striker bagged a brace against Newcastle United yesterday.

The team won 4-0 at Aggborough to complete a clean sweep of results, with the first-team beating Fulham, the women beating Watford in the FA Cup and the U18s winning against Sunderland.

The result has boosted the team’s hopes of gaining promotion to Division 1, and the performance has been described by the club as ‘one of their most complete performances of the season’.

It was a great afternoon in particular for Samuels, who scored twice against the Magpies.

The 20-year-old’s display saw him come in for particular praise from Collins.

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He said: “The first one is always important in these games, so for him to get the first one in the way he did, I thought was excellent.

“Then he got a poacher’s-like goal for the second, which I think if you get five or six of them each season, it will be great for his tally.

“He wanted to get his hat-trick, but I was looking at the subs and there are certain positions we haven’t got a lot of cover for, and centre-forward is one of them.”

Samuels must kick on

It’s important for Samuels to build on his brace now.

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The striker, who has had loan spells with Kidderminster Harriers and Bradford City, potentially has a chance of having some first-team involvement over the next couple of months.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side don’t really have anything to play for and it’s a time where the manager may be looking at the youth teams to see who is deserving of a chance.