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11:33 18th January 2013

Saunders assessing squad options

Dean Saunders has reiterated his desire to trim his squad this month, but has said he believes that the his players possess the necessary quality to turn Wolves' season around.

The new manager was quizzed about his transfer window plans ahead of Saturday's trip to Sheffield Wednesday, and again told of the need to reduce the squad numbers before bringing any new faces in.

"We've got to take some money off the wage bill, we've got to lose a few players," he says.

"On the other hand though, we've got some really good players at the club and I'm reluctant to bring people in who is not as good as what we already have," he explains.

"I want to have a clear idea that they're going to help us."

One of the areas that Saunders was asked about was the striking department, and, while admitting that the squad was short on numbers in terms of frontmen, the manager was full of praise for those he has inherited.

"I’m looking at Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Kevin Doyle and Jake Cassidy and I'm thinking that they're as good as anything in this league,” he added.

"There's a limited market at the moment - there aren't many players available so I have to look at the players and only bring in players that I think will improve us, and lots of the players I've been looking at, I don't think would."

Saunders says he has now spoken to every member of his first team squad about their future at the club, and now has a clearer idea of the depth of talent currently at his disposal.

"I've managed to speak to them all now," the manager confirms. "I've trained with them all for a week. I gave them Wednesday off and I came in to get to grips with things - that was the first time I'd been able to come in and take a deep breath really.

"I've been here nine days, and in that time we've had one game and a behind closed doors match with Walsall on Tuesday.

“I've got 25 players out there and that group is too big really - you're not able to do the work you want to do because there are too many out there."

"Clubs have got to want them, though," he continues. "We've got some good players at the club and we're trying to do well, but certain players will become available if I don't think they'll play. I'm still working that out, as we speak."

Saunders also again expressed his opinion that the team is bigger than any individual as Wolves aim to climb the Championship table, but believes that every player will get their chance to impress.

There were words of reassurance for Jamie O'Hara, who started Saunders' first game in charge against Blackburn as a substitute, before coming off the bench to supply the cross for Roger Johnson's equaliser.

"I'll give him his chance," Saunders says of the former Spurs midfielder.

"He's a really good footballer, he's got a great left foot. He looks to get forward all the time, which is what good players do.

"We need to be harder to play against, which is why I put two players in the middle against Blackburn (Henry and Davis) who are different types of player to Jamie.

"If we keep getting results, Jamie will play his part. He came on and made the difference on Friday with a bit of class, but I'm trying to make sure the team is working properly.

“It's not about individuals - Jamie will get his chance."

Another midfielder back in contention is Adam Hammill, who returned to the club this week after his loan spell at Huddersfield Town came to an end.

He played 45 minutes of the behind closed doors game on Tuesday, and scored, with Saunders pleased with the winger's contribution.

"I looked at Hammill and he's looked sharp. He looks like he's got a lot of talent, it's just whether he can conform to a team. That's what it's all about - if they won't conform, I won't keep them."


















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