Garry Rowett should put faith in Tyrese Campbell ahead of Stoke's promotion push
According to BBC Sport, Stoke City manager Gary Rowett is interested in signing striker Benik Afobe from Wolves.
The deal would seem an unlikely transfer as the former Arsenal prospect completed his permanent move to Molineux just days ago.
Instead of breaking the bank for a new number 9, the 44-year-old manager should seriously consider what is already in front of him and hand young Tyrese Campbell the chance to prove himself.
The 18-year-old striker featured four-times for Paul Lambert’s side towards the end of last season after impressing in Premier League 2, and the teenager deserves his chance with the senior team.
Son of former Everton striker Kevin Campbell, Tyrese is a goalscoring fanatic with a bright future in the game following his move to Stoke from Manchester City in 2016.
Despite scoring 49 goals at under-16 level for the Citizens, Campbell felt his opportunities were slim and opted to move to the Midlands to heighten his chances of making it in the professional game.
At 18 years of age and with a famous name already on his back, Campbell is already a player Potters fans will be fully aware of and, considering the club’s drop to the Championship, they may need a fresh face to lead the forward line next year.
Rowett only needs to look to the success of Bristol City, who put their faith in an 18-year-old Tammy Abraham in 2016. The Chelsea prospect would go on score 23 league goals in a truly defining season.
Stoke should consider doing the same with Campbell having witnessed the teenager’s hunger for goals. He us aware in the box, lightning quick, has an excellent left foot and is threatening in the air.
Rowett’s faith in Tyrese could also save the club millions with the youngster hopeful of emulating his father, who enjoyed a widespread Premier League career at both Arsenal and Everton during his glory days.
Campbell will be eager to play a serious role in Stoke’s season next campaign and considering his young age and hunger, he could be the perfect man to find the goals to fire Stoke back to the Premier League next season.