By Tony Leighton
Callum Wilson has been working hard for four years to become an overnight success - but boy has the young Coventry City striker achieved it in style.
After scoring just once in 14 first-team appearances from August 2009 to the end of last season, Wilson has hit eight goals in six Sky Bet League 1 games this term.
That's some way to announce yourself as a first-team regular, most of the 21-year-old forward's previous appearances having been as substitute.
It's no wonder that Coventry-born Wilson, a lifelong Sky Blues fan, is enjoying the best scoring streak of his rapidly burgeoning career.
But how does he explain his sudden goal-burst? Simple.
"It's all about believing in myself after the manager put his faith in me," he told football-league.co.uk.
"I got a taste of the first team when Lee Carsley was caretaker manager last season and when the new boss [Steven Pressley] came in he kept me involved.
"At the end of the campaign I was determined to push for a place in the starting line-up this season, and thankfully I was given my chance.
"I didn't think I'd do what I've done so far, but things have gone really well. I know it's only the start for me though, and I've still got lots to learn."
Wilson's goals show that he is learning quickly after getting his first-team break following four years of graft in the reserves and on loan at Conference clubs.
Spells at Kettering Town and Tamworth helped in his footballing education, though it was painfully so at the end of his short stint with Tamworth.
"I had 17 games at Kettering," he recalled. "I played wide right instead of through the middle, but it meant I got minutes under my belt and that was good for me.
"I only played three times for Tamworth because I fractured a metatarsal and the loan had to be cut short. But being there was another good experience for me."
Now he is a fully-fledged Sky Blue and has helped his team quickly wipe out the 10-point deduction they started the season with after going into administration.
A successful season could now be in prospect while a successful career beckons Wilson, who has already got club scouts flocking to watch him in action.
Not that he has any thoughts about leaving the club where he has come through the ranks after watching them from the stands throughout his childhood.
"I'm a Coventry lad," he said, "I always wanted to play for the club and I just want to play as many games for them as I can and score as many goals as possible."
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