Nathan Carr an avid follower of Albion’s youth and friend of the site has spoke to Albion Under-21 star Tahvon Campbell. In an enlightening interview Campbell speaks about his time so far in the academy, hammering rivals and his plans for the future.
1) How long have you been with Albion’s academy and how would you describe your time there so far?
Well I was playing at Phoenix United at Sunday League level and I was then scouted and have been at West Brom since the age of 10. There have been ups and downs – these are all part of the journey – but my family and the coaches are always there to support me. My time here so far has been exceptional. In a sense, I feel as if the club have brought me up and the coaches have watched me grow and develop on and off the pitch. The coaching staff are excellent and have helped me so much along this journey of which I still have a long way to go.
2) You’ve obviously scored a lot of goals this season, both for the U-18s and U-21s. How significant a difference is the step up in age category?
For me, the step up from U-18 level to U-21 level has not been extremely difficult. We train how we play and also getting the opportunity to train with the first team gets you prepared for match days. Whatever level or age I play at I think I possess a goal threat as I’m hungry and love scoring goals.
3) Talk us through what it was like completing a hat-trick against our arch rivals Aston Villa in August last year…
The feeling was amazing and it has to go down as my best game this season; one that I won’t forget for a long time. I love playing in local derby matches as they just have that extra edge. To defeat Aston Villa, 6-0, in the second game of the season was indescribable. The team was brilliant on the day and we really did showcase our talents.
5) How influential have the coaching staff been in your development?
It is like a family setup in the academy and I feel as if the coaches have been very influential in helping me develop. Day by day they’re helping me get closer to my goal which is to become a Premier League player at West Bromwich Albion.
6) What is your number one attribute which allows you to get the edge over your opponents?
I think it would have to be my skill. I feel I have skill on the ball which I’ve developed from playing on the streets as a young kid and watching the likes of the Brazilian Ronaldo and Thierry Henry – two strikers whom I idolise.
7) What is your long-term aim? Is it to try and emulate somebody like Saido Berahino and eventually graduate into the first team at the Hawthorns?
Of course that is the goal. I want to cement a place in the first team and not just that, but actually become a player which the team needs and can look upon for goals and to change games. Saido actually came from the same Sunday League team as me, Phoenix United, and lived in similar areas. He has showed a lot of people that dreams do come true and it is possible. I also want to do that.