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Keeping An Eye Out


10:00 22nd July 2014

Gaffer's latest on transfer potential

Kenny Jackett has re-iterated that Wolves can continue to bide their time in the transfer market if necessary.

A strong and settled squad has given the Head Coach plenty of confidence that any further additions to Tommy Rowe and Rajiv van La Parra must be able to add more quality to the ranks ahead of the return to the Sky Bet Championship.

But Jackett says Wolves are continuing to closely monitor any potential shifts in the market, particularly concerning Barclays Premier League players who may yet find themselves out of favour.

He says:  “We’ve got no plans necessarily to just bring in someone in any one one position – we’re looking right across the board at players we think could improve us.

“But we don’t feel we’ll bring in players just for the sake of it.

“If they’re either going to be a complement or they’re going to strengthen us then fine.

“But for strikers, we have Nouha Dicko, Leon Clarke and Liam McAlinden, and Jake Cassidy will at some stage go out on loan as Zeli Ismail has done and below that we have Ibrahim Keita and Bradley Reid.

“They’re the ones we’re concentrating on at the moment and it’s not a situation where I’m saying publicly we need to strengthen any one position before the start of the season.

“Are we aware of players and looking constantly at trying to strengthen? Yes.

“We’ll do that whenever that is.”

Jackett continued:  “Sometimes there’s a reluctance to drop out of the Premier League into the Championship too early when there’s an opportunity to do that.

“Those lads have every right to try to get into their Premier League team before they cast their eyes on the Championship.

“So there are some situations where they have to see where they are at their particular club before they turn their attention further down, and then that opens up more options and avenues for you.”

It’s a potentially ever-moving situation for the Head Coach, especially if it becomes clear that there are areas that need strengthening.

He added:  “Going with forwards now, if any of our players in the positions don’t look up to it, or we don’t think they’re Championship standard, yes we’d look, definitely.

“But are we actively pursuing one area, ie do we need a right-sided centre-half or right-back?

“No, we’re quite evenly distributed, and, while we haven’t got a massive group, everyone knows their jobs and is really looking forward to the chance to prove themselves in the Championship.”


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