Motherwell coasted to a 2-0 win over St Mirren at the weekend and their three academy stars had starring roles.
Barry Maguire made his first league start of the season in place of the suspended Liam Donnelly, whilst Campbell and Scott took up their regular positions in midfield and attack.
All three of them had separate but effective roles as the Well brushed the Buddies to one side.
Maguire’s passing range
At Motherwell, Maguire has largely been used as a centre-half. His ability on the ball has never been properly utilised though, until the St Mirren clash.
Stephen Robinson deployed him in CDM, which worked wonders for Maguire. A two-footed player with an eye for a pass, the 20-year-old was able to mix his passing qualities with his defensive knowledge to great effect.
He would pick the ball up just before the halfway line and link attack to midfield. It was simple stuff really, the centre-backs passed it out to the full-backs, who would either send it down the line or play it inside to Maguire.
There were a couple of moments where he lost the ball, but most of the time Maguire was brilliant in this role. He would get the ball and play it out wide to Sherwin Seedorf or Scott, who had more pace than their opposing full-backs.
Alternatively, the youngster would play it straight to Campbell in midfield, who terrorised the Buddies all afternoon.
Campbell’s all action battling
There are very few superlatives to describe Campbell just now. He is in the form of his life, playing a starring role for the Steelmen once again.
In this game he took up a more attacking role in addition to his usual box to box role. It was a high press that the Buddies simply couldn’t handle.
With Maguire sitting deep on the halfway line, it gave his 20-year-old partner the chance to roam forward a bit. He did so superbly, with Campbell often picking up the ball from deep and driving it towards the Saints goal.
It was an industrious display. Alongside Liam Polworth, who was also having a terrific game, Campbell carried many Well attacks forward after breaking down play in the middle, which was a nightmare for St Mirren.
Scott’s cutting edge
Scott has taken up a position out on the right in recent games, which seems to play to his strengths a bit more. It also plays to his manager’s strengths.
Robinson needed a replacement for Chris Cadden during the summer. He needed a physically strong wideman with the ability to cut inside and shoot.
Scott’s giving the Northern Irishman that outlet and he showed what he can do against his Paisley opponents. Cutting in from the right, he lost the ball, before picking it back up and curling a wonderful effort into the top corner.
He was very direct in this game too, giving Calum Waters plenty of problems. After seven Premiership games without a goal too, he definitely needed his first league goal of the season.
Motherwell were extremely comfortable against St Mirren and were unlucky to not win by more. Their three young academy graduates played vital roles in this win.