‘Terrific’ – Stoke City boss on Tyrese Campbell and his link with Nick Powell and Steven Fletcher



Michael O’Neill saw Tyrese Campbell knock in his fifth and sixth goals of the season – and is convinced that there is still more to develop in the 20-year-old striker.

Campbell has emerged as a leading figure in O’Neill’s Stoke team in 2020, having found a new role as an outside forward originally in a superb win at Huddersfield Town on New Year’s Day.

He has scored 13 since then, including two more against Huddersfield today as he helped secure a 4-3 win in torrential rain at the bet365.

“He’s comfortable playing in the wide areas and I think in these types of games when it gets open and stretched, he does that really well,” said O’Neill.

“We started the second half really well and we had three or four good chances before we scored.

“Then we conceded off a set piece which breathes life back into them and we had to defend for the last 10 minutes when they put a lot of bodies high.

“Tye has been terrific. There is still more in the tank and we intend to get that out of him.”

Campbell is flourishing as scorer and creator next to Steven Fletcher but also Nick Powell, who has been key to Stoke’s high press.

O’Neill said: “Campbell-Fletcher a partnership in a front three, really. Nick is a big part of that behind.

“One thing Steven has brought to the team, as well as his goal threat, is his all-round play.

“Tye has reacted to him well and Nick has as well.

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“When I look at the games this season there haven’t been many when we haven’t looked like scoring. We haven’t drawn a blank too many times.

“Long may that continue.”





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