Kenny Jackett has backed midfielder David Davis to return and come back strongly for Wolves despite his lack of recent action.
As Wolves prepare to tackle Notts County at Molineux this afternoon (3pm), Davis is battling to force his way back into the reckoning having made his last start in the away fixture at Meadow Lane back in November.
The Wolves Academy graduate has already passed through the half century of appearances in the first team, and Jackett believes there will be many more to come.
He said: “If he can get his game right in terms of being a ballwinner and a competitor, David Davis is a talent.
“He lost a bit of confidence on the ball earlier in the season and that has seen him come out of the team.
“But he’s strong and competitive and personally, I think David Davis will come back.
“He needs a break, but I do think he’ll come back.
“When I don’t know – that’s a tough one to call – but I do think he’s capable and I think he’ll come back strong.
“The normal progress and path of a footballer isn’t always smooth.
“He’s definitely close to my thoughts and I’m working hard with him to make sure if he’s called upon, then he does it and he sets the task of keeping the shirt.”
Jackett has been impressed by Davis’s attitude and commitment to the Wolves cause, and believes time is certainly on his side in terms of stepping up his Molineux career.
He added: “I felt his commitment was good enough and he played in quite a number of wins, but I felt he lost a bit of confidence on the ball earlier this season.
“He’s getting more of an idea of what I want and also a spell out of the team will help him in the long run to put his experience back into his good form which he’s capable of.
“The next time he plays, he needs to get into a good run and show good form, which I think he’s capable of.
“He’s got lots of power, his recovery is very good and he’s mobile.
“So at his age and with those things, I wouldn’t be giving up on him.”