Stoke City supporters in the Transfer Tavern are somewhat looking forward to the 2018/19 Championship season despite their side’s relegation from the Premier League last season.
The Potters lost their top-flight status back in May after a disastrous campaign in the top tier, with the Staffordshire-based outfit managing just seven wins from their 38 league games, mustering just 33 points. Nonetheless, the appointment of the highly-rated Gary Rowett has given many fans some optimism ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, one which they hope will see their side return to the top-flight.
As such, there are many excited Stoke fans up and down the country, several of whom are wondering what talent from the club’s youth ranks could make the step-up this season as their side embark on a second tier campaign.
And after a few Premier League appearances already, alongside a staggering amount of success in youth football, it appears that 18-year-old forward Tyrese Campbell is destined for a quick return to the top-flight, whether that’s with Stoke or not.
The Englishman made the move to the bet365 Stadium back in 2016 after beginning his youth career at Manchester City, and the striker has since produced the goods on a regular basis for the Potters Under-18 and Under-23 teams.
His remarkable record of nine goals in just 12 Under-18 appearances back in the 2016/17 saw him fast-tracked to the club’s development squad for much of that campaign and indeed the 2017/18 season, which saw Campbell go from strength to strength with 16 goals in 32 appearances for the Under-23s.
And with 13 goals in just 17 games for the development squad last term, only Joseph Nuttall of Blackburn Rovers netted more in Division Two of Premier League 2, it’s clear that the 18-year-old is destined for huge things in the game, to the point that he has already earned four senior appearances for Stoke, which came at the rear end of last season.
So while it’s plausible that the 18-year-old could play a key part for Rowett’s side in the Championship this term, it seems that he is destined for a return to the Premier League sooner rather than later.
Stoke fans… what do you think? Let us know!