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The Stoke player that will surely be concerned with how things have started under O’Neill



This article is part of Football League World’s ‘player view’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the persepective of the situation at hand…

Stoke City striker Tyrese Campbell will surely be starting to get concerned with how things have gone personally for him since Michael O’Neill has taken charge at the bet365 Stadium.

Campbell has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with Stoke so far this season, with the 19-year-old making 13 Championship appearances for the Potters, with 12 of those coming under Nathan Jones before he was sacked and the other coming against West Bromwich Albion the game before O’Neill took over as the club’s new manager.

The striker was preferred from the start to the likes of Sam Vokes, Scott Hogan and Mame Biram Diouf by Jones for some matches during the first few months and Campbell managed to prove his potential by netting his first Championship goal for the club in a 2-0 win against Fulham back in mid-October.

The 19-year-old formed an encouraging partnership with Lee Gregory during that period, with Jones electing to start two strikers up front in an attempt to get the Potters scoring more frequently, but since O’Neill’s arrival Stoke have been operating with just one striker up front with two wingers either side.

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That means that Campbell was left on the bench for O’Neill’s first two matches in charge in the wins at Barnsley and at home to Wigan Athletic, with Gregory the preferred option to lead the line and Vokes and Diouf being the two attackers brought on from the bench.

Against Cardiff on Tuesday, Campbell was left out of the squad altogether with Hogan returning to action and taking his pace on the bench – and O’Neill brought the 27-year-old on to the field in the second period as the Potters looked for a route back into the contest.

That suggests that the 50-year-old has moved Campbell down the pecking order in terms of Stoke’s strike force and that makes it very unlikely he will be given many minutes in the coming weeks especially considering the Potters new formation.

Therefore, Campbell and Stoke might be best off considering a potential loan move in January, so that the 19-year-old can continue to gain valuable first team experience, before coming back in the summer and fighting for his place back in the side once again.

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