Luke Turner comments on the progress of Luke Maxwell…
18-year-old Luke Maxwell signed for Blues in January before being sent back on loan to Kidderminster Harriers to help aid his development.
He looks to be well ahead of that and his performances this season have reaped the rewards as he has been named Players` Player of the Season for Kidderminster.
Next season could perhaps be the year he breaks into the Blues first team and Gary Rowett thinks that is the way he is currently heading.
He told bcfc.com: “He`s one that could breakthrough and not be far off the First Team next season.
“He`s got the size and stature. He needs to work a little bit on that agility of movement of playing against quicker and sharper players in the Championship which will certainly test him.
“But he’s a big lad and I think he could end up being a very good left-sided centre back”. So his hunger is excellent and I’m hopeful of him next season.”
Rowett`s comments certainly make for interesting reading and to speak in that way about Maxwell, he certainly has faith in him to step up and make an impact in the first team.
It does make you wonder though where he sees the likes of Charlee Adams and Koby Arthur. At present, he is possibly implying that Maxwell is ahead of them in his development and has overtaken them in the queue to the first team.
To win Player of the Season at such a young age is a credit to him and he has stood out in what has been a disappointing season for Harriers with them being relegated from the National League.
I am sure that he would’ve made an appearance for the Blues first team towards the end of this season if it weren’t for his ineligibility due to the terms of his loan back to Kidderminster.
Personally, I think that Blues are crying out for a big, strong midfielder who can make those surging runs forward but also defend.
Maxwell could well be the man for the job and it is clear that Rowett has intentions to push him further towards a first team berth come the start of next season.