Kenny Jackett believes Liam McAlinden’s loan move to Shrewsbury will boost his development to the long-term benefit of Wolves.
McAlinden is due to complete the paperwork this morning on a three-month emergency loan to make the temporary switch to Shropshire, with Wolves having a recall option after the first 28 days.
With Kevin Doyle, Leigh Griffiths, Bjorn Sigurdarson and Jake Cassidy all fit and available at Wolves, Jackett has allowed McAlinden out in a bid for some regular first team football.
Jackett explained: “Graham Turner has asked about a few times and he was at one of our Under-21s games against Reading recently.
“He’s not had as many minutes as possible on the pitch but he’s got terrific potential and shows excellent quality in the Under-21s.
“And with some physical development and experience, we feel he can be a very good player.
“In terms of now covering ourselves and bringing him on in the long-term future of Wolves, a loan would be ideal.
“I’m sure some League football now will do him good.
“He’s also got a terrific frame, and if that fills out and his body can grow more strength, then experience of League football will I think do him the world of good and really bring him on.
“We’re 10 games in now and he hasn’t quite broken into the team.
“We’ve got Leigh Griffiths, Kevin Doyle and Bjorn Sigurdarson in there and it’s been two of those three starting with the other coming off the bench.
“Say for Liam, he’s probably with Jake Cassidy floating behind those.
“He’s made a couple of appearance in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and pre-season is a distant memory.
“For him now, as we get into the majority of the season now, it would be fantastic if he could go out and play.
“We’re looking for him to play well at Shrewsbury and develop as a really good player for Wolves.”
The likes of Matt Doherty and Danny Batth have become first team regulars this season having benefitted from loan football at Bury and Sheffield Wednesday respectively, and Jackett sees no reason why McAlinden cannot ultimately follow in their footsteps.
“We’re looking at a lot of our young players and if they can jump straight into our team, then fantastic,” added Jackett.
“If they need that bridge of going out on loan, then fantastic.
“Matt Doherty went on loan to Bury last season and had a really good spell there and I think he’s been excellent for us this season.
“I’m sure that spell with Kevin Blackwell helped him, so there are many cases at this club and others for loan spells being very constructive and helpful for them to make it at their parent club, which is the main reason they’re here.”
With the quartet of senior strikers fit and available Jackett believes Wolves are well stocked in that department, particularly with the recall clause coming into play after 28 days.
“In terms of strikers, we have four strikers – Griffiths, Doyle, Sigurdarson and Cassidy and then we have Bradley Reid from Wrexham, but he’s only 18.
“We can’t recall him (McAlinden) for the first 28 days but within that time, we have the loan market ourselves which is open to us.
“The real testing time is at the end when the loan market is closed.
“Then you have to be very careful and maybe stack players up.”