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11:48 10th December 2013

Striker's chance to shine

Kenny Jackett is looking for Liam McAlinden to try and force his way into his plans for the busy Christmas schedule.

The striker was recalled from his loan spell with Shrewsbury last week after netting three goals, adding to his first in senior football for Wolves in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Walsall.

Now back training at Compton, the 20-year-old has been handed the challenge of competing with the club’s other strikers and taking his chance should it come along.

“I felt it’s been a good experience for him to play at Shrewsbury,” said Jackett.

“He’s got three goals and it’s an area where our forwards need the competition.

“And for Liam, it’s a positive thing to go out on loan, get some games and then come back with a fresh enthusiasm and a fresh confidence to come back into it.

“If you look after the MK Dons game, from Rotherham onwards, we have a very busy period.

“It’s quite regulated and structured up to Rotherham and then after that, there’s the possibility of trying to add to our squad so we want to be as strong as we possibly can and have every option available.

“It’s with that period in mind that we’re bringing him back.

“There’s no reason why he can’t be involved here now – he certainly has the ability to convert a chance when he gets one.

“He got one goal in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy for us earlier in the season and if the team can make those opportunities with him in it, I think he’s got a good chance of converting a good percentage of those that come his way.”

Jackett believes McAlinden will have reaped the benefits of his loan spell with Graham Turner at Shrewsbury.

He added:  “Getting first-team football is something he’s needed – he’s 20 and hasn’t played much first-team football so to be involved in quite a lot of games and have quite a few starts in a short space of time is good for him and good for his confidence.

“I do think he’s come back to us on a high to earn a place at Wolves and use that experience he’s gained positively.

“He trained with us on Monday. It’s difficult to assess because it all depends on how he does when he’s on the pitch.

“But from really Kevin Doyle and Leigh Griffiths being the ones selected the most in terms of games played, after that it would be Bjorn Sigurdarson.

“He’s been behind those players but now we have a high amount of games in a short period of time.

“If suddenly we have an opening, I wouldn’t hesitate to put him in.”


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