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Confidence In Van La Parra


11:03 3rd July 2014

Flying Dutchman backed to adapt

Head Coach Kenny Jackett is confident new winger Rajiv van La Parra will quickly adapt to the rigours of life in the Sky Bet Championship.

Van La Parra is one of two new faces to have arrived at Wolves this summer and, while Tommy Rowe is well versed to life in the second tier at Peterborough, it’s a completely fresh challenge for the Dutch under-21 international.

But the amiable winger is settling in quickly, which Jackett hopes will extend to life on the pitch as he looks to make his mark on the English game.

“I think he can make the adjustment and the bottom line is I think he is good enough to do that,” said Jackett.

“He’s played for a very good club in Heerenveen as well, so he’s played at a very good standard of football.

“I don’t think the transition will be hard for him. I think it’s an exciting time.

“At the moment he’s coming into a very settled group.

“He came in last week and he’s done just a few days’ training, but the majority of the group are familiar with the routine - they knew the football was starting this week, so that’s a good thing.”

Jackett knows van La Parra will want to hit the ground running and be involved as much as possible from the big kick-off, but is also aware of the competition for places in the wing positions that provides a spot of “insurance” as well.

He added:  “Rajiv has come in with no apparent pressure because there’s time for him to bed in because we have experienced players in his position who have played in the Championship before.

“Every player would want to be playing all of the time.7

“He hasn’t necessarily got (the insurance of having the other three wingers) but I have and the club have.

“For example, James Henry has played in the Championship for me and played very well in the Championship.”

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