Kenny Jackett today called on Wolves’ next generation to force their way into his plans.
The Molineux head coach handed full debuts to Aaron McCarey, Jack Price and Liam McAlinden in Tuesday’s penalty shootout win over Walsall in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Untried academy scholar Ibrahim Keita was also an unused substitute.
“There’s been a bit of a lull in that so many have made the jump from the under-21s,” said Jackett.
“Now they’ve signed Bradley Reid and there are people like Eusebio who have come into the club, and Ibrahim Keita has gone into the under-18s. So if the opportunity is there, they should certainly take it.”
Meanwhile, Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey has challenged players to follow in the footsteps of right-back Matt Doherty and win themselves new contracts.
The 21-year-old signed a three-year deal yesterday.
Moxey said: “Hopefully there will more players who feel they’re best served in being part of a very exciting time for the club.”