Under-18s skipper on the recent run
Wolves’ under 18s captain Cameron John believes the team are now playing with freedom and confidence after recording a hat trick of wins ahead of next weekend’s visit of Leicester City.
Wolves picked up their first win since September against local rivals West Bromwich Albion last month, and have since beaten Sunderland and Swansea, all three without conceding a goal.
And John, who has recently enjoyed some action for the under 23’s as well, feels as though the team have now started to play with more freedom under coach Darren Ryan since that local derby win.
“There is a bit more confidence in the dressing room at the minute,” says the defender.
“It feels like there has been a huge weight lifted off our shoulders following those wins, especially the one against West Bromwich Albion because that was our first win since September.
“We are starting to play with a bit more freedom and we now have the confidence to believe that we are a good enough team and we can go and win the games that we are playing in.
“Winning three games on the bounce is a great achievement for the group and our aim now is to go unbeaten for the rest of the season if we can.
“I think having a fresh start has really helped us and the team has risen to the new start and is now fighting for places.
“Training has been really good and there is just a really good buzz around the group at the minute which should be expected on the back of three wins.”
And, following on from the confidence that the team have at the moment, John also believes that the side have a real talisman in the shape of top goalscorer Jordan Allan.
The forward has scored 14 goals this season leaving him five goals off the golden boot spot which is currently being held by Chelsea striker Martell Taylor-Crossdale but John has every faith
that Allan can catch him up and end the season on a personal high.
“It is a really good feeling knowing he is in the team because we know that he is going to score goals,” said John.
“It is the thing that we get with Jordan. We know as a team that if we give him three chances in a match he will always take at least one of those.
“It is nice to know that if we do our job or at least keep the team in the game then we know that if we give him once chance late on in the game then hopefully he can take it.
“We have enough games remaining and we all have confidence in him that he can go and win the golden boot.
“He isn’t far off the top spot at the moment and at the rate that he is going then I can see him catching the number one spot up before the end of the season.
“If the team help him by providing him with the chances then I still think he has a chance of getting that top goalscorer spot.”
And speaking of ending the season on a high, John also hopes that the under 23’s can cap off what has been a fantastic season in the league with a win in the Birmingham Senior Cup final against Leamington, at Molineux on May 10th.
“It is a game that I know we can win and it is a game that everyone is really looking forward to,” he says.
“Over the course of the season we don’t really get the chance to play for many trophies so to have a chance to win one is unbelievable.
“Most of us haven’t ever had the chance to win any silverware so it would be a fantastic way to round the season off for the group.
“I think it would be a great way to finish the season off before the under 23s have had a really good season.
“They have been fighting for the league title for most of the season and unfortunately Swansea City beat them to it but they have been up there in the top three for the majority of the
season so to cap it off with a trophy would just be the icing on top of the cake.”