Kenny Jackett is looking for signs of quality and encouragement from his players against Celta Vigo tomorrow as they aim to sign off pre-season on a positive note.
After six away fixtures so far, of which Wolves have won five and drawn one, the biggest test arrives at Molineux in the form of the Spanish side which finished eighth in La Liga last season.
The Head Coach is relishing the team returning to Molineux for the first time in three months, and is looking for positive signs ahead of the big kick-off against Norwich on Sunday week.
“It will be very interesting to watch the players on Saturday,” said Jackett.
“We’re looking forward to playing at Molineux having not played there for a couple of months – it’s an exciting game for us.
“We want to give the fans a really good performance and a good result which encourages them that when we start with the real stuff a week later we can do well.
“During pre-season we have been to places we have been previously and for us it has been a pre-season where we haven’t necessarily above ourselves.
“You do need to vary pre-season, with lower league opposition, Premier League opposition which can be tough to get, or foreign opposition.
“And Celta Vigo have a very good and wide-ranging squad.
“They are in the Spanish top flight and come to us after having played Norwich on the Friday.
“They will probably be here with 25 to 30 players and will mix it up like we all do in pre-season.
“It will be a different test from the Championship and I am sure it will be against a very good team.
“It’s a great game for us and the biggest factor is that it is a game at Molineux.
“We are looking forward to it, optimistic and ready for the season to start.”
Jackett is aware that fans will no doubt be closely scrutinising the team line-up in terms of whether it will turn out against Norwich, although one regular first teamer will certainly be missing.
“Bakary won’t be fit – he has a good chance for next week and we don’t want to risk him with Norwich being the most important one,” said the Head Coach.
As for the rest of the team, Jackett admits there are still one or two places available for the visit of the Canaries.
“The team won’t be far off – it will be along the lines for Norwich as you would expect,” he said.
“But there are still things to finalise including the best combinations.
“Some areas are nailed-on, but in others it is close between players where there might be equal ability and it’s about what’s the right mix on the day for the opposition.
“So there will be a degree of experimentation – but not much – it will be a settled group as we have got with perhaps one or two different faces.
“There are one or two close calls and there should be because you need more than 11 players.
“In my ideal world there are 20 players and it’s close between all of them because you want to be as strong as you possibly can.”
*Striker Max Clayton, who has been training with Wolves for the last few days, is expected to feature in one of the two friendly games tomorrow, either against Celta Vigo or for the Under-21s against Burnley.
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