Preston North End’s Callum Robinson has told Lancashire Live that Lukas Nmecha has improved so much because he’s been involved in the first team.
In Good Friday’s 4-1 victory over already-relegated Ipswich Town, Robinson got the first brace to set them up for the win, something not too surprising considering his form this season. But many fans might have been surprised to see that other two goals came from Nmecha, the on-loan Manchester City striker who had only scored two goals before now.
Many were shocked to see such a great performance from Nmecha but it was no surprise to Robinson who has been watching his development over the last few months. He says that Nmecha has got a lot better over the year because he has been involved in proper competitive football rather than just being in developmental football like he was when he was at Manchester City.
He said: “We’ve had a few conversations and when he wasn’t playing here I said, ‘You’ll learn a lot by just being here. Even if you’re not playing here, you’ll be learning so much more than if you were just sitting around at City or playing under-23s.’ And I think he has, definitely,”
“He’s a really good player with a really bright future and looking forward to seeing what he does when he goes back to City or wherever he goes.”
“He stretches the play, comes short, he’s learning through this season and he’s learnt so much. He’s got the ability to play at the top and now he’s got the little bits to his game.”
“I think it’s his first loan and he’s come from City, which is a massive club, to a place with different facilities and different players. You’re playing with men and players who want to get to City’s level so that plays a big part.”
“On the pitch he’s developed into a really all-round player. He’s got the ability to do anything he likes, he’s got skill on the ball and pace and his game understanding is a lot better.”
“Nobody has been on his back about not scoring, we’ve all been pleased that he’s been working for the team and affecting games.”
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