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James Collins hails Chem Campbell after making Premier League debut for Wolves

Wolves U23s boss James Collins has praised Chem Campbell after the youngster made his Premier League debut for the club last week.

The teenager was handed a 12-minute cameo appearance by Bruno Lage in the game with Newcastle United.

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Campbell replaced Francisco Trincao, who was pretty ineffective after his two lively displays against Leeds United and Aston Villa.

Campbell was unable to help get the team back on level terms at St. James’ Park.

But it was undoubtedly a special moment for the youngster, who has been working very hard with the U23s.

Campbell has fired eight goals for Collins’ side, and his form finally saw him rewarded by Bruno Lage.

And Collins has expressed his pride in Campbell for the work he has put in.

He said (Wolves official): “Grown is the right word to describe Chem. He’s matured as a man and that has really been a pleasure to see. He’s always been a very talented boy, but sometimes it takes the really talented boys time to realise that it’s not just talent that gets you through.

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“Chem might have been guilty of that when he was 16 or 17. But he’s now putting it all together and having an impact on games with goals and assists, and he’s also willing to do the work for the team out of possession.

“I think he’s still got a bit to do. But he’s made great progress, so I was delighted for him to earn his Premier League debut.”

Since Friday, Campbell returned to action with the U23s against Peterborough United on Sunday. He scored the game’s only goal with a cool left-footed finish across the goalkeeper, after a great through ball by Jack Hodge.

Another one coming through for Wolves

Campbell is clearly very highly regarded within the youth ranks at Wolves.

It was a great to see him finally get some first-team minutes in the Premier League, and in a very big moment for the club as well.

Lage overlooked Chiquinho in favour of Campbell. And Chiquinho has looked a real livewire across his cameo appearances so far.

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He is doing something right, and he just needs to keep on plugging away now.

He’s dipped his toe in, and hopefully he can use the experience as motivation so he can get there again.