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09:00 13th September 2013

Evans relishing battle for place

Lee Evans may be one of the young and fresh talents hoping to help Wolves back into the Sky Bet Championship this season.

But the 19-year-old midfielder has been quick to recognise the importance of the club hanging onto two more experienced players in the forms of Kevin Doyle and Bakary Sako.

Wolves welcome Swindon to Molineux tomorrow (3pm) in the first league fixture since the closure of the transfer window which came with Doyle and Sako – despite speculation – still at the club.

Both have also declared their full commitment to the cause since the deadline, and Evans believes they will be hugely important for Wolves this season.

“Doyle and Sako are two big players for us – they can both change a game,” he says.

“Especially Sako, as we saw at Bristol City with the free kick and the cross for the second goal as well.

“Doyler has been outstanding in behind Griff and does so much hard work which not everybody notices.

“It was great for the club to keep hold of those two players who will be key for us as we push for promotion.

“They are both quality players and the lads in the dressing room were hoping they would stay.

“Obviously we were all aware of the situation and there would have been plans in place if they did go but it was good news all round when we knew they would still be here.”

Evans, who made his Wales Under-21 debut against San Marino last week, has been pleased with the start to his own senior career at Wolves, having started the first four league games and then come off the bench to positive effect in the victory at Port Vale.

Well aware that the arrival of Kevin McDonald has intensified the battle for places in the Wolves’ engine room, Evans knows standards must be high if he is to maintain his own impressive form.

“To be honest I couldn’t have asked for a much better start,” he says.

“It has all gone really well and I’ve just got to keep it going now.

“Obviously with a player like Kevin coming in it is going to be tough.

“But it’s up to me to prove I can get back in to the starting line-up.

“You want healthy competition like that and it keeps all of us on our toes in training.

“Everyone wants to play but to do that you have got to do the business in training and then prove yourselves in the games when you get a chance.

“I feel I made a good impact in the Port Vale game when I came on.

“It was nice that Griff scored from the pass so that gave me an assist and I was then involved in the second goal with the ball to Griff down the line.

“It was great to get that result in the end and a big three points.”

Evans, who figured in a 4-3-3 after coming off the bench at Vale, continues:  “It’s a good thing we can play in different formations.

“I think the gaffer will always want to have different options with a 4-4-2 and 4-3-3.

“We work on them every day in training and it’s about whatever formation suits us best in the games that we play.

“If we play 4-3-3 it helps my chances of getting a game but even if we’re playing 4-4-2 it’s up to me to show I should be one of the two in the centre.”

Next up tomorrow will be a Swindon side in good nick themselves with four games unbeaten.

Evans, who scored in his first Molineux appearance against Gillingham, has called on Wolves to continue their home comforts to try and keep up with the pace at the top of the table.

“I am looking forward to the game and it will be another good test for us as they will come to Molineux with no fears and wanting to attack,” he said.

“I’m just looking forward to the game again now and getting back in a gold shirt again.

“Playing at Molineux has been great for me so far.

“To play at a massive stadium like this is everybody’s dream.

“We probably shouldn’t be in League One but we are and that is why the job now is for us to try and get back up.

“Wolves were in the Premier League two years ago and so every team coming to Molineux will be fired up and wanting to prove themselves here.

“So we have got to keep upping our game and keep playing well to get the right results.”




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