Owen Coyle – the man who could have been Wolves boss – believes the Molineux club have signed potentially one of the best midfielders in the country in Kevin McDonald.
The Wigan boss, who was interviewed for the Wolves job before Kenny Jackett got the nod, signed McDonald for Burnley in 2008 and wanted to take him to the DW Stadium this summer.
And Coyle, who was the fans’ choice to replace Dean Saunders, reckons Wolves have pulled off a superb piece of business in recruiting the Sheffield United playmaker.
“Kevin can have as good a career as Kevin wants – on his day he can be one of the best players in his position in the country,” said Coyle.
“He played for me in the Premier League and I had no fear putting him toe to toe with any midfield player in the country. He needs to add consistency to his game so he does it on a week-to-week basis.
“Being at a big club the size of Wolves will really help him. It’s a great piece of business to get a player of that quality and I’m sure he will get them back into the Championship.
“I’ve got no doubts in time that he’ll be in the Premier League again because he has all the attributes to play at that level. When I came to Wigan this summer, I wanted to sign Kevin.But central midfield is our strongest department.”
McDonald joined his new team-mates for the first time today and Jackett will assess whether he will make his debut at Bristol City tomorrow.
Coyle added: “I signed him for Burnley and he was terrific for us, outstanding. Now Kevin is at Wolves and I’ve no doubts he’ll fulfil his potential.”