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Looking For Quality


09:00 17th August 2013

Jackett keen for further additions

Kenny Jackett has been mulling over whether to change a winning team by introducing new signing Kevin McDonald at Bristol City today – whilst also not ruling out further arrivals at Wolves before the transfer deadline.

The Head Coach has certainly adopted a quality rather than quantity approach to signings to far, with the highly-rated McDonald joining club captain Sam Ricketts as the only additions so far.

Many have departed since Jackett’s arrival – Stephen Ward’s season-long switch to Brighton the latest – but many of the club’s younger talents have been promoted to the senior ranks with the Head Coach only willing to add where he is convinced of a player’s ability.

“I’m not one to have a scattergun approach with my signings – I try to consider it and bring people in when I need to and it’s resulted in only two new players,” says Jackett.

“That’s quite low for someone in my position but I’d think in the last two-and-a-half weeks of the window, we’ll keep watching and seeing if there are players that if I could add, I would, if they become available.

“I won’t sign a player for the sake of it.

“I will only add when I think the player is good enough to add something.

“In Sam we needed a captain and an experienced defender who can play right across the back four.

“And I have followed Kevin’s progress for a long time.

“I think the squad is slightly young but it’s well balanced, and there are certain players we’ve identified, both myself and Kevin Thelwell that would strengthen us and they become available, then fine, we’ll make sure we work away at getting the right ones.

“It’s the quality of the ones coming in that we want to hold on to if we can.” 

All attention today however will not be on possible future transfer plans but the tough test ahead at Ashton Gate against Bristol City.

Another sellout away following of 2,200 will be cheering Wolves on, with Jackett expecting a difficult challenge.

“Bristol City have been high scoring and high conceding in their games so far,” he said.

“A four and a two scored but seven against - they have been an attacking team.

“It’s a big pitch – a bigger pitch than ours – and a terrific place to play.

“They’ve got the likes of Baldock trying to make his way, I think they paid £1.5m for him last year to try and get their forward line going – he’s their captain and has already got two goals this year.

“They’ve taken Emmanuel-Thomas from Ipswich and young Ryan Taylor coming back from injury who’s pretty much an established centre forward.

“That will be their main threats and they’ve got Wagstaffe from Charlton and some experienced pros on Marvin Elliot and Kilkenny.

“It will be a good game and one which was in the Championship last season.

“They are a big club with a strong squad and will have their own aspirations of promotion this season I am sure.

“We had a good result last week but can’t think we’re just going to go to Bristol City and automatically pick up from where we left off.

“We have shown against Gillingham what we are capable of and that’s encouraging for the players but it is consistency over these opening ten games that we are looking for.”

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