Wolves have struggled to fill the void that was left when Diogo Jota departed for Liverpool, with Pedro Neto showing encouraging signs before being hit by a fractured kneecap injury, suffered against Fulham last April.
With on-loan Francisco Trincao making zero Premier League goal contributions this season and Daniel Podence making just three, Wolves are crying out for a creative forward or midfielder to really bolster their attack.
Should it take Neto a couple of months to really get back to full fitness and match sharpness, there could be an opportunity for 19-year-old Chem Campbell to receive some first-team minutes, after hitting a perfect hat-trick for Wolves U23’s just a couple of days ago.
Taking on Reading’s youth team, the attack-minded midfielder demonstrated not just his superb technical ability with a “stunning” free-kick, but also his footballing intelligence to make the right run to convert a cross, as well as superb athleticism and improvisation to head home a deep cross.
A composed individual with a mature attitude, he clearly has remained grounded despite the performance, and recent attention in him – saying after the game: “I’m just taking each game as it comes.
“I’m trying to have more shots and I probably could have had even more shots today and more goals, but I’ve got the three, so I can’t really complain.”
Campbell, a former Wales U17 international, has scored five goals and provided two assists in the Premier League 2 this campaign, and was once targeted by Borussia Dortmund before being tied down to a new contract at Molineux.
Once described as a player with “the proverbial world at his feet” and someone who “catches the eye” by The Athletic, you can understand why fans are getting excited by his development and potential.
Despite naturally being more of a central attacking midfielder, he has also demonstrated his versatility, as he has regularly been deployed by Wolves U23s manager James Collins as a left-winger in a 3-4-3 formation – to “mirror” the same set-up boss Bruno Lage has regularly been setting up the first team in.
With the West Midlands club still in the hunt for a European place next season – potentially even a spot in the Champions League, it would be a bit of a risk to begin relying on a teenager, but considering the lack of quality and creativity in the final third from their wingers, an opportunity for Campbell surely isn’t too far off.