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Batth "A Future Skipper"

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12:30 12th February 2013

Henry salutes defender's progress

Wolves captain Karl Henry believes Danny Batth could be among one of his successors after the defender’s initial first team impact in the Molineux ranks.

Batth crowned two solid displays since replacing the suspended Roger Johnson with a crucial injury time header which secured a point against Leeds on Saturday and prevented the team dropping into the bottom three.

The 20-year-old’s impressive attitude and mature approach has made Henry believe that he is a very good future in the game, even perhaps as a captain in the days to come.

“Danny’s a good player and he’s a captain in the making,” says Henry.

“I thought that when he made his debut (in the League Cup) a few years ago.

“He’s a good young professional and I’m glad he got his goal.

“Like David Davis, he’s come into the team in difficult circumstances because we’re struggling so it’s not great for them either.

“But he’s come in and been a tower of strength.

“He’s a good, strong, solid centre half who wins his headers and is good on the ball.

“He’s got a long, good career ahead of him.

 “If he performs like he has done and scores goals like that then he’s going to be difficult to budge out of the team.”

Henry believes Batth is one of many emerging talents who will boost Wolves’ squad over the coming years, many of whom have reaped the rewards of loan spells elsewhere.

“Danny spent a long time at Sheffield Wednesday and racked up a lot of games for them and him and David Davis have bright futures ahead of them,” added the midfielder.

“There’s another crop of young players who will be coming through in the next few years.

“We’ve got to get ourselves out of this mess first and pick up better results by hook or by crook.

“We have to do enough to stay up and then worry about next season.”

And next up is a trip to Derby, Wolves’ first visit to Pride Park since the win in April, 2008, which took them within one win of promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

This time however the situation is far from positive, with Henry knowing Wolves have a scrap on their hands against a Rams side which played very well at Molineux earlier in the season.

He added: “It’s going to be tough but every game is going to be tough for us now.

“I missed the home game against them through injury and I seem to remember we could have been 6-0 down at half time.

“We actually went 1-0 up and ended up drawing 1-1 with them scoring right at the death.

“They’re a good side who played us off the park back in August so it’s going to be another hard afternoon.

“We just have to get the right result somehow.

“We’ve got to stop the rot and pull ourselves out of this mess we’re in.”

 

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