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Owen Hesketh is in a brilliant run of goal-scoring form for Wolverhampton Wanderers’ U23 side, with coach James Collins describing the midfielder’s emergence as a ‘real plus’.

Speaking earlier this month, Wolves’ reserve-team boss was full of praise for a teenage Welshman who had made the step up from the U18s to Premier League 2 level look rather straightforward.

And Hesketh continues to go from strength to strength behind the scenes in the Black Country, establishing himself as one of the most impressive performers in Collins’ squad at the age of just 18.  

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A goal in Monday’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace means Hesketh has now scored three times in his last four matches – a fine return from a midfielder who has only become a regular at U23 level since the turn of the year.

“Owen is a real plus to have in the group and have in the team, because he keeps the game ticking with the way he passes the ball, he’s always the one wanting the ball from a teammate,” Collins explained to Wolves’ website.

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“Owen has come in and scores every week, it seems.”

Collins was also full of praise for defenders Lewis Richards, Nigel Lonwijk and Jack Scott after Wolves secured a hard-earned clean sheet against Palace.

Given that Nuno Espirito Santo has handed out debuts to a whole host of talented youngsters since taking over at Molineux in 2018, don’t be too surprised if Hesketh is handed a first-team chance in the near future.

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