Kevin McDonald may find himself one of the centres of attention when Wolves face his former club Sheffield United at Molineux tomorrow (3pm).
But it’s fair to assume the unfazed midfielder isn’t going to let anything affect his performance on the pitch.
The 24-year-old made the decision to swop the Blades for Wolves shortly after the start of this season, and as a result may not be the most popular figure among away supporters come tomorrow afternoon.
McDonald however insists he thoroughly enjoyed his two years at Bramall Lane, apart from them ending in promotion near-misses, and is looking forward to meeting up with former team-mates also including a couple of Wolves’ old boys in Neill Collins and Matt Hill.
“It will be strange for me to face Sheffield United,” says McDonald.
“I had a couple of good years there and I enjoyed it but I am now a Wolves player and I am enjoying it here.
“I don’t know what reception I’ll get from the fans – I’m imagine it will be mixed.
“I think one or two will clap me but I am sure there will be a few boos there – that’s a certainty.
“I’ve got no problems on that side of it – it won’t affect me.
“I just need to put all that aside because I’m a Wolves player now.
“The fans here have welcomed me and they applaud me so that’s what I need to worry about now.”
Head Coach Kenny Jackett is also confident McDonald has the character to play the game and not the occasion.
“I don’t know what the reception will be for him but all I know is he’s fully focused on Wolves now,” he said.
“I’m pleased he made the decision to join us and that he felt it was the right time to move on for his professional career.
“He looks like he’s got a lot of class and brings a lot of class to our midfield on the ball and I’m sure he’ll just be focused on us winning and trying to get the points on Saturday.
“He’s had a good couple of seasons in this division for Sheffield United and I feel he has the potential to step on and continue to improve.
“At his age now he should be coming into his best times and I’m sure his friendships will be rested and put to one side until after the game.”
McDonald is more concerned with Wolves trying to improve their performance levels tomorrow rather than the identity of the opposition.
An encouraging start has seen Wolves come through many tight battles to take 19 points from the first eight games, but the feeling is there is much more work to be done.
“We’ve found it tough so far but we’re still third even though we’ve been average in our last few games,” said McDonald.
“We know ourselves that performance-wise, we can do better both on and off the ball.
“We’ve maybe not been fluent in our attacking and off the ball haven’t been getting into shape the way we know we can do.
“We’re a bit ragged at times defensively and the gaffer has been talking to us about that.
“They are all things we need to improve on but we will do.
“We know we haven’t played the best, but we’ve got some really good quality in the team to create chances and exploit their defence.
“A lot of it comes from other teams doing well against us, which we have to respect.
“It’s all about us gelling as a team and getting that solid base to then go and play and putting it all together, which I’m sure we will do.
“It’s another tough game tomorrow, and we have got to go out there, put on a good show for the fans and try and take three points.
“There will be a big crowd, maybe the biggest of the season, and it will be a good game that we are all buzzing to be involved in.”