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Van La Parra's Potential

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08:00 11th August 2014

Gaffer impressed with winger's debut

Kenny Jackett hailed a hugely promising debut from Rajiv van La Parra and says the winger has a “point to prove” in English football.

The Dutch winger capped a fine first competitive appearance with an excellent assist for Dave Edwards’ winning goal against Norwich yesterday, and Wolves’ Head Coach is confident there is also more to come.

Jackett says:  “Rajiv has given us another dimension, particularly with playing this system, as he knows it very well.

“He is used to playing 4-3-3 in Holland and you can tell he knows that role.

“It was a great start for him especially in front of a home crowd and the potential that he has is fantastic.

“He has some pace and some directness and coming in from the Netherlands he is hungry to come into the English game and he has a point to prove.

“That’s a good starting point and it’s only game in but for him to show what he can do is a good thing and something he can take confidence from going into his Wolves career.

“It was a very good opening day for him and the supporters want to see a new signing doing well and a good start certainly helps.

“Rajiv is a compliment to what we have because James Henry has a lot of quality and is a terrific footballer who can cross and score goals.

“Rajiv coming in also gives us something that we feel will stretch teams in behind.”

Jackett has already confirmed an interest in strikers Chris Wood and Max Clayton, and also says the club will continue to monitor the market before the closure of the transfer window.

But he also believes keeping the nucleus of the squad together is also a big positive heading into the season.

“We are a settled side and there are some bonuses in this because we know our jobs and everybody is in position,” he says.

“Whether it is enough for us to get where we want to go we will see, but we are a settled group and there is a degree of hunger within the club to do well and that is something we have to build on.

“We would have other things in mind (players) but whether they become available or not we will have to see.

“I don’t really like talking about other team’s players and I wouldn’t like it in regards to us.

“Have we got targets? Yes, that’s always an ongoing process.

“It’s not a situation where I would say that there are a set amount of players I want to bring in before September 1st.

“It hasn’t been a tactic over the summer that we would only sign two players because we are always looking.

“If we can strengthen at any time we will try to do so but we also have a settled group where the dynamics are very good.

“We have to be careful with who and when we do add.”

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