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Stoke City’s woeful start to the season continues, with Nathan Jones side rooted to the bottom of the Championship table, with only a single point to show for seven matches and on a run of four straight defeats.
Jones will be looking for something to spark a revival at the bet365 Stadium and may consider selecting striker Tyrese Campbell after the 19-year-old impressed for the Potters U23’s in their latest outing against Aston Villa.
Campbell made his mark in the Villa clash scoring a brace with a penalty on 17 minutes and a second in the 26th minute before being substituted in the second half.
So should Jones look to call up the youngster to the first team squad?
“Given that Stoke have only managed to score seven goals this season in the Championship, Jones may find it beneficial to give Campbell the opportunity to lead the line on Saturday.
“Impressive during the Potters’ Carabao Cup victory over Leeds United last month, the forward sent out a signal of intent earlier this week for the club’s Under-23 side by scoring a brace against Aston Villa.
“With Lee Gregory yet to open his account for Stoke since making the switch from Millwall, it could worth taking a risk on Campbell against Brentford.
“Considering that Stoke are in desperate need of a positive result in the Championship, it would not be at all surprising if one of their academy graduates ends up inspiring them to success at Griffin Park.”
“Jones is going to have to try something different to get Stoke firing, and he could well be the answer.
“He’s raw and got other senior players ahead of him in the pecking order, but that’s not working for Jones at the minute.
“In Campbell you’ve got a player in-form – as his 23s performance showed – whilst he’s likely to deal with the pressure of playing for the club a little bit better, given his age.
“There’s nothing to lose, and in a way, it might keep the fans off Jones’ back if he’s blooding youngsters.”
“He deserves a start, but he isn’t the answer to their problems by any means.
“Stoke find it so difficult to create clear-cut chances for their front-line – Lee Gregory looked so isolated up top against Bristol City.
“Whilst Campbell may be in clinical form for the under-23s, would he be of use to the first-team at the moment?
“He could flourish next to Gregory in a front-two and his confidence is bound to be sky-high after a brace in midweek, but there are much bigger issues to sort out first.”