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Why Tyrese Campbell is a Premier League 2 youth prospect on fire

Thursday 22nd February 2018

Usually known more as the reserves the Premier League has a format which is now considered the U-23's league. This league is known as the PL2 and produces opportunities for younger players at Premier league sides. But one player this season that is finding form within this system is Stoke City's Tyrese Campbell.

At just 18-years-old, Campbell is showing what he can do already as he has bagged 12 goals in 15 games. The young forward has also managed to create two assists. Despite playing with Stoke who are 10th in Group 2 Campbell has netted eight in his last six games. The son of former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell could be one reason why Tyrese has some key traits to his game. Knowing how popular his father was back in the day will urge him to be just as good or possibly even better.

Campbell made his PL2 debut last season and appeared 11 times. Managing to score three times would have been a confidence booster. This was after his call-ups with the England U-17 national side. The striker made three appearances in friendlies playing nearly two hours in total.

Originally a youth prospect at Man City the Englishman moved to Stoke's U-18 side in a move that cost the Potters £850k. This deal was completed during the summer of 2016. Moving into the current season he plays with what is now known as the U-23's. With his current form, some Stoke City fans have been urging the idea to call up Campbell from the U-23's into the main team. With the current situation that Stoke City are in, he could be what they just need right now.

Currently training with the first team, Campbell has obviously done enough in Paul Lambert's eyes to at least give him a chance in Stoke's fight for relegation this season. Lambert rejected offers from clubs to loan him out giving Stoke fans the idea that Campbell is certainly in the manager's plans. With other players such as Saido Berahino, Mame Diouf and Peter Crouch not bringing any consistency could Tyrese Campbell be a way to sort their goal scoring problems? Berahino hasn't scored in over two seasons despite not being used as a starting XI player. Peter Crouch is effective but more often coming off the bench. And lastly, Mame Diouf isn't consistent enough to reassure the fans.

With Campbell entering the fray it could cause first team players to train even harder knowing there is young competition hungry for a spot. Nominated for January's Premier League 2 Player of The Month award proves how focused the youngster has been in recent times. Also currently the PL2's top goal scorer, Campbell is aiming to make his mark at Stoke City albeit playing with the U-23's or with the first team. Stoke boss Paul Lambert knows the young striker needs to keep proving why he can make the first team and the Scotsman has been keeping a close eye on him in training.

If Lambert can utilize Campbell someway in Stoke's relegation battle he could be an influential booster throughout the squad. But only if used correctly. Knowing you can risk points by fielding an inexperienced player is a matter of relegation or survival. In any case, Stoke fans would encourage Lambert to give this young lad a chance in helping Stoke steer clear of the dreaded relegation zone. Even if he doesn't get the chance, Tyrese Campbell is surely going to have a bright future.

Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.

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