TALKING MOTHER­WELL Robbo la­bels Cad­de­none of Scot­land’s won­derkids

Evening Times - - SPORT - By GRAEME McGARRY

MOTHER­WELL man­ager Stephen Robin­son has praised young mid­fielder Chris Cad­den af­ter his storm­ing start to the sea­son, call­ing him one of the best young play­ers in the coun­try.

The 19-year-old has scored in each of the Steel­men’s three Bet­fred Cup matches so far, and he climbed off the bench to spark the re­vival which saw Well record a come­back win over Ed­in­burgh City on Tues­day night.

His form has at­tracted in­ter­est from Hearts al­ready this sum­mer, but Robin­son is sure that his player is in the right place to flour­ish, and that he is ready to set the Premier­ship alight this term.

“I think he’s one of the best young tal­ents in Scot­land,” Robin­son said. “He’s a bril­liant boy with a great at­ti­tude and will­ing­ness to learn.

“He caught my eye the first time I was here, and I pushed him into the first-team at that stage, and he’s got­ten bet­ter and bet­ter.

“He’s en­joy­ing his foot­ball and you can see that he’s play- ing with a big smile on his face, so I think he’s got a big sea­son ahead of him.

“He re­minded me of a young Stephen Pear­son, that’s the first thing that caught my eye how he could travel with the ball and break into the box.

“We put him into a game against Ross County [for his de­but] and he didn’t quite do it, so I had a chat with him af­ter­wards then as as­sis­tant and urged him to take his op­por­tu­nity, and he’s more than done that in the year since.”

Robin­son is en­cour­aged by the po­ten­tial goal re­turn from Cad­den this sea­son now that he is play­ing in a more cen­tral role.

“He’s added goals to his game, he wasn’t scor­ing a lot of goals,” he said. “He was hav­ing a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties, but he’s now scored three goals al­ready this sea­son.

“We brought him on against Ed­in­burgh City and he re­ally does add that pace and en­ergy to the team. We’ve chal­lenged him to get more goals so hope­fully he’ll con­tinue to do that.”

Robin­son says that an­other of his in-de­mand stars, striker Louis Moult, may start to­day’s game against Ber­wick Rangers as he works his way back to full fit­ness.

“Louis is join­ing in train­ing to­day, we took him out the other night be­cause he hasn’t had a proper pre-sea­son and we wanted to give him a cou­ple of days,” he said.

“Hope­fully if he comes through train­ing to­day then he may be able to start the game. If not, he’ll play some part in it.”

NEW Mother­well cap­tain Carl McHugh has mean­while cited his con­tent­ment both on and off the field as the ma­jor rea­son be­hind his de­ci­sion to ex­tend his stay with the club.

McHugh signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion dur­ing the week to keep him at Fir Park un­til July 2019, and he said: “I’m con­fi­dent about the di­rec­tion the club is go­ing. When you look at the busi­ness the man­ager has done in the sum­mer, I just have a good feel­ing about it.

“The mood in the camp has been has been good so far, so we just want to have a good sea­son and not be in the po­si­tion we found our­selves in last sea­son.

“This is prob­a­bly the hap­pi­est I have been off the pitch. I’m set­tled here and re­ally en­joy­ing my foot­ball since I got back in the team af­ter Christ­mas.

“Hap­pi­ness was the big­gest part of my de­ci­sion to sign the new deal. I can see that I can progress my ca­reer here and keep de­vel­op­ing as a player be­cause I’m still only 24 so I’ve still got a long way to go to de­velop.

“I’ve no doubt here is the best place for me just now. When you’re set­tled off the pitch it makes a dif­fer­ence on it too.

“One thing that head in­jury showed me is that it’s be­ing happy and en­joy­ing your foot­ball is the most im­por­tant thing. It’s a short ca­reer and you want to be some­where that you can play ev­ery week.” packed-out Pit­to­drie. It was bril­liant with the noise and the fans singing my name – that is what it is all about. I am hop­ing there are many more mo­ments like that to come for me.

“Go­ing over to Cyprus with a lead is bril­liant and we know we will cre­ate chances. We showed that on Thurs­day and now it is about go­ing with a game plan.

“If we play like we did in the last round then we will have a great op­por­tu­nity. We will need to be solid and to de­fend our lead but we have the qual­ity to cause them prob­lems and to score.

“We were gut­ted to lose a goal but showed good char­ac­ter to keep go­ing and to get the goal. We now have a lead to take over there.”

Stephen Robin­son (in­set) has hailed Chris Cad­den

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