Rio Campbell | It's important to make the most of U23 opportunities
Young Swansea City winger Rio Campbell is looking to capitalise on every opportunity he gets to make the step-up to the under-23s side.
The 18-year-old, who joined the Swans in January 2020, has been a regular feature for the under-18s this season, providing a constant threat down the flanks with his electric pace and trickery.
Campbell scored his first goal in Swansea colours during the under-18s’ victory over Queens Park Rangers last month, while he was also on target in the reverse fixture with the Rs last week, as well as in the defeat by former club Watford.
His impressive displays led to him making his under-23s bow, while he has gone on to feature on several further occasions for the development side throughout the campaign.
And the former Chelsea and Tottenham man knows that every time he steps up from the under-18s, he must make it count.
“I must always be on it and be effective for the team,” he said.
“Every time I’ve stepped on the pitch this season, I’ve feel I've been effective.
“I’ve put in crosses, tried to create chances and have as much of an end product as possible.
“Whenever I step up to the under-23s, it’s very important that I make the most of my opportunities.
“Obviously, it’s the next level and one team away from the first team, so I must make sure I’m on it.”
Primarily a winger, Campbell has also demonstrated his versatility by leading the under-18s’ line as a number nine in recent weeks.
And he feels that having that additional string to his bow can only be a positive.
“I think it’s important that I’m versatile,” he added.
“You don’t know when the team might switch formation or need you to fill in at a certain position.
“Therefore, it’s important that I can adapt and be useful in all positions, especially as an attacker.”