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12:56 24th July 2013

Jackett wary of losing players late

Kenny Jackett says Wolves will aim to avoid the situation of potentially losing players towards the end of the transfer window if they are unable to be replaced.

Although the Head Coach has reported nothing imminent with the likes of Bakary Sako and Kevin Doyle – both of whom have been linked with interest from elsewhere – he is aware that circumstances can change, particularly once the August 31 deadline starts looming into view.

And so he will be keeping a keen eye on the overall picture of the squad ahead of that deadline, which comes a month into the new Sky Bet League One season.

He said:  “As you go on in the transfer window the situations do changes and prices do change.

“Can you replace and do you need to? Those are considerations definitely as you get close.

“We want a squad that’s capable of doing well in this league.

“We’re a big club and it’s going to be a big challenge for us to continue to make sure we win against sides that are highly motivated.

“And having the players in the forward positions that can create and score the goals is a key one.

“There has been no contact on Sako and it’s not something that is imminent.

“There has been much speculation on his future right the way through the summer but there are no ongoing talks or any situation close where he is about to leave. 

“He is being paid by Wolves and he’s a Wolves player.

“But should a deal come along that’s attractive to the club then yes, it will be considered.

“Manchester United sold Ronaldo in the end so a deal can be forged I suppose for almost any player.

“Sako is a Wolves player and there is nothing imminent or talks ongoing so I’m expecting him to do exactly what he is, which is be 100 per cent committed to the club in training and to his team-mates and that’s been the case.”

One player who has departed is former skipper Karl Henry, with Jackett already wishing him well following his move to Queens Park Rangers.

But the Head Coach is confident he has a good array of selection options to replace Henry in the engine room this season.

“We have some young players admittedly in David Davis, Lee Evans and Jack Price, the experience of Kevin Foley, who has been somewhat of a utility player for Wolves but still looked a capable player when he came on for the last half an hour last night,” said Jackett.

“He’s coming in off the back of an ankle injury but he put in an impressive cameo performance in the second half which shows me he can play a number of positions and be an asset for us.

“They’re the people who are currently competing for the midfield area as well as Dave Edwards, who admittedly played a slightly more attacking midfield role which he’s filled well so far in pre-season.

“Lee Evans signed in the January transfer window from Newport and I think that was quite an astute signing.

“He didn’t get an opportunity last season but he’s 19 this month and he’s a promising young player.

“He has a good physique, can impose his stamp on a game and a good range of passing, and, above anything, he has an enthusiasm to play for the club.

“Elsewhere the likes of Cassidy, Griffiths and McAlinden haven’t had much time on the pitch at Wolves and they were overlooked, but they won’t be overlooked this year.

“They have started very well.”

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