Hull City

Lewis-Potter Aiming To Create More Memories Against Birmingham

26 June 2020
Coming up against Birmingham City will always bring back happy memories for Keane Lewis-Potter.

It was against the Blues that the 19-year-old Academy product bagged his first-ever senior goal at the KCOM Stadium, helping Grant McCann’s men to register a 3-0 win in HU3 back in December.

In doing so, he became the first Hull-born player to score for the Tigers in a league fixture at the KCOM since October 2011, following in the footsteps of club legend and fellow Hullensian Nick Barmby who bagged the winner in a 2-1 victory over Cardiff City almost nine years ago.

“When I first found that out, I just thought ‘wow, that’s mad’,” he said. “It’s something that gives me a lot of pride.

“We’ve had a lot of Academy lads come through the ranks and make the step up to the first-team in recent years, but to be the first one from Hull to score a goal is a wonderful feeling. It’s not a bad statistic to have to your name, is it?

“To be even talked about in the same sentence as Nick Barmby is unbelievable. To be able to follow in his footsteps by playing for my hometown club, wearing the black and amber shirt just like he did, is just crazy.

“Scoring my first goal at the KCOM Stadium was something special, one that I’d wanted to score for a long, long time. It meant a lot to myself and my family, along with all the people who have worked with me over the years.

“It’s the best feeling ever to score a goal. There’s nothing better than seeing the ball hit the back of the net, especially when you’ve put it there yourself! I’ve managed to do that on a regular basis for the U18s and U23s in recent seasons and the aim now is to bring that to the first-team.

“When I was a young lad, I used to play as a number nine and, if I didn’t score at least two or three goals, I’d be disappointed. It’s a bit different playing professional football obviously but the desire to score goals will always be there.

“I just have to show that I can be clinical in front of goal. I may not get the opportunities to score two or three goals every game, but getting my name on the scoresheet is something I will always aim to do every time I’m out on the pitch. It really is a special feeling.”

Alongside his fearless attitude and goalscoring credentials, one of the key strengths to Lewis-Potter’s game is his versatility. The youngster can play anywhere across the front line as well as in the number ten role, but just what is his best or preferred position?

“The gaffer has asked me this question as well but I honestly don’t know what the answer is! I know that sounds daft but I just want to play in a position where I can help the team win games.

“If I’m playing out-wide, I prefer to be on the left so that I can come inside on my right foot. I also like being up front as well – playing off a big man.

“But, I’d like to think I can have an impact on and influence games from a variety of positions. I certainly hope so anyway.

“Whatever position I’m asked to play, I just try to get on the ball as much as I possibly can and try to make things happen for the team. Hopefully, in the coming years, I can prove that I can do that and establish myself in the team here.”

First and foremost though, Lewis-Potter is focused on helping the Tigers end their current frustrating twelve game winless run in the league when he and his team-mates head to St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium to face Pep Clotet’s Blues on Saturday.

“It’s been too long since we won a game now and everyone is determined to end the drought at Birmingham,” he said.

“It’s so hard when you’re not winning games. It’s difficult to sum just how frustrating it is for all of us involved. At times, it has seemed like everything is against us but we’ve remained focused and we’re confident the results will come for us – starting on Saturday.

“Our preparations have gone well and we’ve had a good week of training in the build-up to the game and, as I say, everyone is just determined to end our frustrating wait for a win.

“Birmingham will be a tough place to go but our only aim is to come away with three points. We won’t settle for anything less.”