Hull City manager Grant McCann has paid tribute to the impact made by 18-year-old Keane Lewis-Potter during his side’s 3-1 defeat at Barnsley on Saturday.
The young attacker was brought on for his fourth appearances of the season with the Tigers 2-0 down and around 15 minutes remaining at Oakwell, with the teenager promptly scoring his first senior goal to get Hull back into the game.
Although Conor Chaplin’s stunning injury-time effort ultimately meant his effort was in vain, McCann couldn’t help but express his admiration for Lewis-Potter after the match, and speaking about the teenager, the Hull boss was quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post as saying: “He is a good player and can play anywhere across the front line, which is good as I like that ability with people playing in different positions. Keano gives us that bit.”
Discussing how he expects him to respond to this latest breakthrough, it seems McCann is confident that Lewis-Potter has the maturity required to cope with that extra attention and expectation, as he continued: “I am sure he will keep his feet on the ground. He is a great boy and just wants to get better.”
Following that defeat at Oakwell, Hull return to action on Saturday afternoon with the visit of another struggling side, Stoke City, to the KCOM Stadium.
What a moment this will have been for the teenager.
Regardless of the result, you feel there will have had to be some sense of personal satisfaction for Lewis-Potter following Saturday’s game, and who can blame him.
Getting a goal such as that is yet another step in the right direction towards establishing himself as a professional footballer, and to be doing it at Championship level already must be hugely encouraging.
Indeed, with McCann himself already lavishing praise on the youngster following his latest breakthrough, it seems he will understandably be brimming with confidence right now.