Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett today insisted he will stick with David Davis and Lee Evans – as Jamie O’Hara remains frozen out for tomorrow’s derby at Shrewsbury.
Fans have been critical of Wolves’ misfiring midfield after two below-par performances culminated in Tuesday’s first defeat of the season, the 1-0 setback against Walsall.
Some have called for transfer-listed O’Hara, who has been training with the Under-21s since June, to be reinstated.
But Jackett insisted the situation remains unchanged over the £5m outcast.
“At present he’s not in my plans,” said Jackett. “I’m going to Shrewsbury with the same 20 players and then we’ve got all Saturday games.
“There have been no approaches for Jamie on loan.
“We’re talking about Lee Evans and David Davis and what their next stage is, and there’s a lot of responsibility on them to do very well.
“We’ve brought in Kevin McDonald and we’ve got Jack Price and Dave Edwards.
“They’re the midfielders at present looking to fill that role, find that combination and the right balance of positional sense and passing that at times we’ve lacked in midfield.
“Lee and Dave are going from a situation where they were closing down, keeping their shape, being diligent and passing it easy, to having a lot of the ball.
“There are times where the emphasis is on the midfielders to play the constructive passes, and that’s a different level of responsibility. It’s something they’re both learning.
“That’s been the difference from one division to another for David Davis.
“Having that time on the ball so regularly can highlight mistakes sometimes.”
“But it’s definitely something they can embrace – it’s their next stage in terms of their passing.”
O’Hara has become toxic in the eyes of many supporters.
But Jackett is aware of the minority clamour for him prompted by recent performances and will take notice of fans’ feelings.
“We’ll always be aware of their thoughts because generally supporters are very knowledgeable,” he said.
“It sounds like they think our midfield needs to improve, but it’s one of a number of areas after Tuesday’s defeat.
“It’s not all down to one or two players.
“We need to identify the right things, work at them and do our best to put them right as soon as we possibly can.”