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Ongoing Process

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10:56 25th January 2014

Jackett says search won't stop

 

Kenny Jackett says Wolves efforts to strengthen their squad for a possible promotion push will not end at the end of January.

With the Head Coach still keen to add further quality to the ranks, he is not ruling out using the emergency loan window irrespective of whether anyone else arrives before the permanent deadline.

“Trying to strengthen is an ongoing process; we don’t suddenly shot down when the window closes,” he said, ahead of today’s game against Bristol City.

“It doesn’t change anything – we’re continually looking to strengthen and that’s what scouting departments are for.

“It’s an ongoing process and as people have seen, our latest loan was Michael Jacobs, who was converted into a permanent move.

“If there’s another situation like that and it happens to be February, we’ll do that.

“It’s not like we’re only going to strengthen during the January window.

“That’s really only for the Premier League, which is where I understand Wolves have been in recent times.

“For everyone else barring everyone else, there’s a week at the start of February and a five-week period when you can’t bring anyone in.

“But apart from that, we’re continually looking to strengthen and the next week is no different to any another.

“It won’t suddenly stop on January 31 when the window closes.

“It won’t be a case of we’re desperate to do business by then – it could come about at any time.”

Wolves are back in action this afternoon for the first time in a fortnight after the postponement of last weekend’s trip to Crawley, now re-arranged for Tuesday, March 18th (7.45pm).

Jackett took advantage of last weekend to not only take in a senior fixture but also Wolves Under-18s, who won 6-1 away at Stoke.

He was particularly impressed with the front four of Albert Torras, Carlo Erdei, Bradley Reid and Ibrahim Keita, the latter who has already figured as an unused substitute for the first team this season.

“I used last Saturday positively to watch a game having earlier gone to watch our own youth team beat Stoke 6-1,” said Jackett.

“Keita got a couple and Carlo scored the goal of the day with his right foot – it was a terrific goal.

“Albert and Carlo both played in the Under-18s as did Bradley Reid who we brought in from Wrexham and Keita.

“It was a superstar front four for us!

“At Under-18 level it is pretty hard to stop Keita.

“He scored two in the first half and then he had a couple of chances before being taken off at half time as he was going to feature for the Under-21s against Chelsea on Monday.

“At Under-18 level his goalscoring record has been terrific and we hope it continues.

“I’ve taken him on a few trips with the first team, made him 19th man and he has got out on the pitch for the warm up just to get that type of experience which helps.

“We hope the time he has had here since coming over from France has given him a chance to settle before he goes into the first team.

“That’s the idea – getting them in younger gives them a chance and an opportunity to learn the language.

“You can see if there are happy and content here and they can work out the strengths and weaknesses of English football as well.

“That is an advantage for them coming in young and I think that will benefit them in the long run.

“At his level now, every game he plays he looks like scoring.”

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