Kevin McDonald has impressed Kenny Jackett in the early stages of his Wolves career – but the Head Coach also feels he has more potential to improve.
McDonald has headed up the pecking order for central midfield since arriving from Sheffield United – apart from a short spell on the sidelines through injury – and will be looking to keep his place for Saturday’s visit of MK Dons (3pm).
Jackett believes the 25-year-old has it in his locker to continue to improve and move towards being a complete midfielder.
“Kevin has had some very good games and we’re looking to continually work and improve his performances,” said Jackett.
“I do think since we put him a little bit deeper and into a two-man midfield with Edwards he’s had a very good run.
“Similarly before his injury I thought he and Jack Price had a very good combination as well.
“He’s been a good player for us so far and I’m sure going into the second half of the season, he’ll want to continue that form.
“He has to continue to keep working and improving his game which he’s capable of.
“He has the physical presence and the ability on the ball and those things I’m looking for.
“After that he has to work on his physical conditioning and development, his tactical awareness, making sure he can defend and mark at set-pieces, and then finding the killer pass in the final third.
“I’ve seen him do that on quite a few occasions, to play a Griffiths or Sako in and create that chance to score.
“He’s a modern day midfield player now.
“Central midfield players used to be destroyers but they really do need to be creators as well.
“If you can get people who can both attack and defend in either the one or two holding roles that we use now they are vital positions.
“The ball needs to be transferred through those areas and people who are good on the ball in central midfield can make things happen which is important for the way we want to play and important for modern football.”