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Jackett's Options

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12:13 21st August 2013

McDonald in frame

Kenny Jackett admits he’s got a pleasant selection dilemma ahead with new signing Kevin McDonald.

The Head Coach has been delighted to bring in the creative talents of McDonald, but has seen Wolves now win back-to-back league games against Gillingham and Bristol City.

It leaves Jackett with plenty of options ahead of Friday’s visit of Crawley (7.45pm).

“I think Kevin is ready,” said Jackett.

“He’s ready to play but the other side of it is the same team has just won back-to-back games.

“You can keep the same side but it’s also about keeping the pressure on those players.

“Sometimes when you sign a player or someone comes back from injury, the fact they’re on the shoulder of the player who has the shirt is the motivation which can produce good performances resulting in good teams.

“Every game is different. But I do want to settle the side down as much as I can after all the changes.

“At least with the last couple of games there have been signs of being able to do that.

“If Kevin comes into the team and I think it’s tactically right to do that then fine.

“Whoever I pick, competition is important but Kevin is a very good addition for us.”

McDonald has the ability to play in different positions in midfield, whilst also adding experience to the engine room.

“He has the potential to play behind the striker and sometimes a third man in midfield is tactically necessary as well,” Jackett added.

He’s a very good addition to the squad and you can’t have enough good players.

“If you look at last season’s midfield, David Davis played a number of games but it was always with a senior player or sometimes two, be it Karl Henry, Jamie O’Hara and sometimes Tongo Doumbia in there as well.

“So the midfield has changed a lot with Lee Evans in there and Jack Price coming on against Gillingham.”

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