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Wolves U23s boss James Collins says Kam Kandola is 'stepping up to the plate'

Wolves youngster Kam Kandola came in for praise from U23s manager James Collins yesterday.

The central defender featured in the 3-2 win over Exeter City in the Premier League Cup.

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Chem Campbell, Conor Carty and Kai Corbett were all on target, and it’s now five games unbeaten for the U23s.

It’s really been a great start to the season for Collins and his youngsters, who have played well and, unlike the first-team, largely had the results to boot.

Wolves’ final goal came from Corbett, and Wolves were relatively comfortable when 3-2 up in the closing stages.

That was thanks to maintaining a good defensive shape and keeping the ball well.

Collins did notice one important action in particular from one of his players as the game drew to a close.

Kandola, getting his chance right now in the loan absences of Christian Marques and Nigel Lonwijk, made an important interception.

Of that, Collins said: “There wasn’t a point when I was thinking a goal’s coming here, and right at the end, Kam read a cut-back which was really good to see.

“A young player like him, who is stepping up to the plate, in those big moments when the ball’s coming in the box, he read the cut-back and stepped out, he didn’t panic, and I thought those were the little moments that please you.”

Kandola one to watch

Kandola is only 17, but seems to be really making an impression with the U23s.

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The loan departures of Marques and Lonwijk have handed him his chance, and it’s up to him to now seize it.

Collins seems delighted with Kandola’s efforts right now, and long may this form continue for the talented youngster.

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