Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill believes Tyrese Campbell has the ability to play anywhere along the forward line following the club’s 5-2 win at Huddersfield Town.
Campbell was brought into the side for a rare start under O’Neill, and the 20-year-old started on the right-hand side of the Potters’ front three with Tom Ince making way, which was a change which proved to be the right decision with the youngster scoring twice and delivering an all round strong performance as Stoke clinched an impressive win.
The attacker has found minutes hard to come by since O’Neill took over from Nathan Jones, with the Northern Irishman going with the likes of Lee Gregory, Sam Vokes, Scott Hogan and Mame Biram Diouf ahead of him.
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Speaking to the media following Stoke’s win at Huddersfield, O’Neill praised Campbell’s versatility.
“Ty was excellent. It’s not maybe his natural position (on the right), but I feel he can play in any of the front positions. He gives you a goal threat, which he showed today, but also good running power and strength and he was always a handful.
“I’m delighted for him because he’s one of the younger players and we’ve struggled to see some of the younger players with loan players and different people to evaluate over a short period of time.”
Campbell needed to produce a strong performance at Huddersfield to convince O’Neill that he can operate effectively in a front three from a wide position, and that’s exactly we did.
Having struggled for game time so far under O’Neill, Campbell will have put himself firmly back in his thoughts in terms of picking his strongest starting line-up, and with Ince not producing enough end product this season he could have made that wide-right position his own.
It is now important that Campbell takes his performance on into the next few games for the Potters and shows that he can play consistently at a high level, and if he can do that he would have won over the full trust of his new manager.