Scouting expert: Chem Campbell ready for first-team football at Wolves or elsewhere
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Chem Campbell is ready for first-team football after making his Wolves home Premier League bow against Manchester City, says Dave Azzopardi.
The academy forward was brought on as a late substitute in the 3-0 defeat after shining with the Under-21’s over the last 12 months, with Wolves struggling for attacking options currently.
And Azzopardi believes that Campbell is ready for more regular first-team football, whether that comes at Molineux or via a loan elsewhere come January.
“I think he’s impressing quite a lot in the Under-21’s and I think he’s ready to make that step up to first-team football,” he told The Football Wonderkids.
“Whether that be in the Premier League, at the moment I’m not so sure, but he definitely needs some sort of exposure to first-team football.
“I’d like to see him get more minutes in the Wolves first-team. It’s not like we’re scoring a lot of goals, it’s not like we’re creating a lot of clear cut chances and again, in the Under-21’s at the moment it’s all coming through Chem Campbell.
“So I think he deserves that opportunity and he’s not going to do any worse than the guys we’ve got there at the minute. As a young player he’s going to play with no fear. He’s quick, he’s skilful and I’d like to see him get an opportunity.
“Either way in the next transfer window if he’s not broken into the Wolves first-team then he needs to go out on loan because he’s now ready for that exposure to first-team football and I think he could easily play at at least Championship level.“
Campbell managed nine goals and nine assists in 19 PL2 appearances during the 2021/22 season, and so far this season has one goal and one assist in three games.
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