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The Younger Ones


11:30 7th September 2013

Opportunity knocks for emerging crop

Kenny Jackett has again re-iterated that opportunities will be there for the club’s young players if they prove they have what it takes.

With several players unavailable for Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over Walsall, Academy scholar Ibraham Keita made it onto the bench for the first time.

Wolves have also added to the current Under-21s squad and made full use of their scouting network by bringing in Carlo Erdei, Albert Torras, Eusebio Bancessi and Bradley Reid.

And Jackett will continue to keep a close eye on those coming through the ranks, particularly given the ascent of many from last year’s squad to the first team.

He said: “We do sign them to try to get them into the first team, where and when opportunities come.

“So we were looking at being without Cassidy, Doyle and Griffiths being out of the group for one reason or another.

“Then opportunities come and it’s a good situation to be in.

“There’s been a bit of a lull from Kevin Thelwell’s and Steve Weaver’s point of view in that so many have made the jump.

“Now they’ve signed Bradley Reid and there are people like Eusebio who have come into the club, Ibrahim Keita has gone into the Under-18s.

“So if the opportunity is there, they should certainly take it.

“And if there are opportunities to train with the first-team squad and then to play in certain competitions, it should be used.

“That was the case on Tuesday night.”

Jackett may well look to do something similar in the next round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, and says there can often be opportunities for young players to make an impact even if it may not necessarily be over an initial long term.

“Would they necessarily play if we needed them over a long run?” he adds.

“Maybe not.

“That’s perhaps why we are saying that they’re going to start in the Under-21s.

“And then we work at it. It’s a process of constant assessment all the time.

“If they’re outstanding then great – that’s why they’re here.

“You want to pick one out of those to go straight into the team, that’s what everyone wants.”

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