Wolves Head Coach Kenny Jackett believes tonight’s trip to Wrexham will offer an early taste of what to expect in League One next season.
Because he believes Wolves will be an attractive proposition and a scalp for the Welsh side to try and overturn as they too continue their pre-season programme at the Racecourse Ground (kick off 7.30pm).
“Wrexham will pass the ball and it’s always a very good pitch there,” said
“I think it will be a step up from games in Scotland and these two games now, or three if you put in Chesterfield as well, will be good tests for us over the next eight-nine days.
“The game against Real Betis will be a different type of game from our league but these games will be very, very similar to our league games.
“Wrexham are coming off the back of a successful season.
“Andy Morrell was always scoring goals, he’s been a fantastic servant for many clubs and he’s always scored.
“He’s coming off the bench at the moment and still scoring.
“They’re a young side that play the right way.
“It will be a very similar test to what we’re expecting in League One because it will be a big game for them - Wolves coming down.
“’Wolves are coming down, they used to be in the Premier League’ etc, etc.
“That’s going to be the same story in every matchday programme.”
Jackett plans to take a squad of 18 to tonight’s game rather than switch things around as he did in the two fixtures in Scotland.
Kevin Doyle is still missing with a groin injury while Björn Sigurdarson is also sidelined with a slight hamstring problem but both should be fine by the end of the week.
“They should both be back in training about Wednesday or Thursday, so neither of those will be considered for selection tonight,” said Jackett.
“We will just take 18 players but I will make changes along the way and want to get everyone playing.
“But rather than being away on tour with 23 players of which 22 were available for selection and we needed to give all of them a game, it will be more like a league game from now on in that there will be seven subs.
“I’m sure people will be able to read a bit more into my thinking.”
Razak Boukari meanwhile is now closing in on a possible return to training after undergoing more calf surgery at the end of last season.
“He’s still injured but I would think he will be training with the squad in two to three weeks.
“He’s doing work with the physios and he is improving and coming in OK.
“But in terms of playing football every day, that won’t happen for two to three weeks.
“It could be very close to the start of the season before he plays a game.
“He’s not a player I’ve seen a lot of, so I’ve got an open mind which is good when you do get to that stage with a player, it’s like signing a player and you can see what they can do, so I will be open-minded.
“He needs to get over his injury first and get back into training and then show what he can do within the group.
“Razak is a natural wideman from speaking to him about his own career and his aspirations.
“He’s very comfortable on either side and does see himself as a natural wide player.”
Jackett meanwhile has hailed the attitude of winger Bakary Sako and has no qualms continuing to play him despite speculation about his future.
“There was some movement on him initially a few weeks ago, but it’s been very quiet now,” he said.
“There’s no movement and nothing imminent.
“I’ll have no issues with picking him, and on what he has shown, he has shown a good attitude and is a good team member.
“He treats other people with respect and in training and in games he’s a good player.
“As a head coach you want to keep your good players but we know and concede there is interest in him.
“But it’s a tough call to know what’s going to happen in the run-up to August 3 – who’s going to come in? I really don’t know what that is going to bring.”