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Jackett Backs Midfielder

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11:45 10th October 2013

Evans will improve for experience

Kenny Jackett has backed midfielder Lee Evans to learn from his omission from the Wolves team and come back a better player for his next opportunity.

Evans made an impressive start to his first season in the senior set-up and was first choice for the first few games before losing his place in recent weeks.

But Jackett believes the 19-year-old, currently away with Wales Under-21s, will improve and learn from his first taste of league football.

“Our midfield area hasn’t necessarily been convincing earlier in the season,” he said.

“We had better departments so we’ve changed things around a bit.

“Now, that’s not to say he won’t come back into the team; I think he will.

“For him, he just has to go about things the right way and learn.

“No one thought at 19 he’d just go in and play every game right through the season.

“He needs to be looking at being in and around it - playing 15-20 games this season would be a good contribution going into next season because this is first full season here.”

Jackett also believes that sometimes young players can benefit from coming out of the line-up to take stock and watch games from the outside for a better knowledge when they return.

He also believes Evans will improve through experience and improving his potential sense the more games he plays.

“Lee has to learn how to play midfield tactically to not vacate the area, and, at the right time, play from behind the ball,” said Jackett.

“You can’t vacate that area and while he’s got a good all-round game - I think his range of passing is as good as anyone in the club, he can find the long pass – and he can run, his overall enthusiasm is good and he can come up with a goal.

“But I think his test now is to make sure positionally when he plays in a midfield two, he doesn’t vacate the area too much and plays from behind the ball and backs up probably a four-man forward line in whichever formation they play in.

“They’re his tests and the things that as a midfield player, he needs to learn.

“Even sometimes as well, playing in a central midfield two, you have to – I was watching the West Brom-Arsenal game last Sunday – you have to be very good positionally in a pair.

“That’s his test and his next hurdle but I’m pleased with what he’s done so far and I do think at 19, he has a really good future.”

Jackett continued: “Sometimes it does help to watch a game - you come out of your work in training perhaps, you go into a good Under-21 set-up and team and you’re not going into a poor standard of football or team.

“It’s a well organised good team to play in and gets you prepared and then ready to go again when your opportunity comes.

“If you’re looking at our midfield line, it hasn’t necessarily looked as convincing as it should as a unit at times this season.

“We started with David Davis and Lee Evans and at present, Kevin McDonald and Jack Price have been playing with Davis and Evans picking those up.

“In the wide areas, it’s been Bakary Sako, Zeli Ismail and Anthony Forde, who has had a few substitute appearances and now it’s James Henry and Scott Golbourne so combinations of those four is something that has changed but I don’t think we’ve been convincing in midfield.”

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