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In depth: Tahvon Campbell

18 June 2019

Last Friday saw Tahvon Campbell become Cheltenham Town's second summer signing with the lively forward having agreed a two-year contract with the club.

The 22-year-old moves to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium having ended last season as a loanee at League One side Gillingham.

Robins fans will be excited to see him in action when they'll get an opportunity to have a first glimpse of him in a Cheltenham shirt during pre-season.

For now though here's a bit more detail about the front man who has committed himself to the next two seasons under Michael Duff's leadership.

A brief career history

Campbell came through the youth system at West Bromwich Albion, joining the Baggies as a 10 year old having played local Sunday League football for youth team, Phoneix United - a club that has also produced the likes of Saido Berahino. He rose through the ranks at WBA, progressing into the under-18s squad and then their under-23s set-up.

In the under-23s he played alongside the likes of current Gloucester born Leeds United and Wales forward Tyler Roberts, and attacker Jonathan Leko, whose now part of the first team set-up at the Hawthorns.

He never made a senior first team appearance for WBA, but gained vast experience in six separate loan spells. These came first at Kidderminster in the National League as an 18-year-old, then two back-to-back loan stints at Yeovil in League Two in consecutive seasons. In his second loan at Huish Park he appeared in a 4-0 away League Cup defeat to Everton.

In the summer of 2016 he featured in a behind closed doors friendly for Walsall ahead of a loan transfer that didn't materialise, and instead in 2017 went on loan to Notts County. Then at the start of the 2017/18 season returned to the National League with Solihull Moors ahead of a first spell at Forest Green, where he helped the Nailsworth club avoid relegation back into non-league football.

He'd done enough to impress in his time at FGR and upon his release last summer, signed a one-year deal at The New Lawn. Having scored five goals up to the end of January he moved up a level and ended last season on loan in League One with Gillingham.

What fans can expect

In his first interview since joining the club, Campbell highlighted that he is: "Direct. I try to go towards goal as much as possible. I try and make things happen - quick, strong, powerful". In an interview with Cross The Line, he stated previously that he modelled himself on Daniel Sturridge's playing style.

Familiar faces

There are a number of members of the Cheltenham squad who Campbell has previously played alongside. Defender Ben Tozer was a teammate of his at Yeovil, while midfield man Chris Clements was at Forest Green with him during the 2017/18 campaign. He also played in a Yeovil side that featured Kevin Dawson.

Where he'll line up

Campbell joins a Robins front line led by the experienced Luke Varney. He'll have the opportunity to learn plenty from the former Premier League marksman, and will also be part of a forward line that alongside his own speed, promises to have plenty of pace next season. Alex Addai's acceleration is a real asset, while George Lloyd is another with a turn of pace in the forwards department.

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