Kenny Jackett says it is up to the likes of aspiring talents such as Eusebio Bancessi to put pressure on Wolves’ senior players.
Portugese winger Bancessi has risen to prominence by hitting seven goals in his last three appearances for Wolves Under-21s, most recently a hat trick in Monday’s 3-1 victory against last season’s runners-up Tottenham at Compton.
Jackett has certainly been keeping tabs on the young winger’s progress, and views him as “an exciting prospect for the future.”
“He looks strong – he was 18 in June and it’s nice to have some 18 and 19-year-olds around that have terrific potential,” said the Head Coach.
“There are quite a few here and although he’s not been in the building long, he’s impressed people.
“His English still needs some work because he doesn’t speak a lot of the language but he can certainly play football and I think he’s an exciting prospect for the future.
“Looking at wide players for the next game, we’ll have a good choice - James Henry will be back fit, and there’s Bakary Sako and Michael Jacobs.
“But situations change very quickly and it’s good to have young players underneath putting pressure on those.
“And it’s the right way to run a football club, that young players come through and put pressure on the senior players because time moves on and situations change very quickly.
“I hope I create that type of competition because that breeds a healthy club and also if there is competition, it can be a winning culture as well.
“You can develop a very good, very competitive healthy winning culture.”
Lee Evans arrived at Molineux as a young player back in January and having impressed at Under-21 level, has already made several first team appearances this season.
Jackett believes that is the sort of example for Bancessi and others to be able to follow.
“It depends on his development, and seven goals from right wing in the last three games is a great return and it’s one that has made everyone sit up and take notice of him which is exactly your aim as a young player,” he added.
“Now where and when they come can change in terms of who’s ahead of him, how the team is doing is a big thing, whether there are spaces in your position and what you’re doing as an individual.
“You have to be good enough or otherwise the club will go and get someone else.”
*Eusebio is pictured in action against Tottenham on Monday. Picture courtesy of Tottenham Hotspur.