Wolves’ fall guy Lee Evans was today reassured he has a golden future ahead of him at Molineux after being taken out of the firing line.
The 19-year-old midfielder was rested for Saturday’s fortunate 1-0 win at Shrewsbury after being an ever-present in League One this season, his first campaign at this level.
Zeli Ismail returned to the team as head coach Kenny Jackett reverted to a 4-4-2 formation at the weekend.
But Jackett insisted the quality shown in the first few games of the season by Evans, who was snapped up for £200,000 from Newport County in January, has convinced him Wolves have a major ‘find’ on their hands.
“I’ve got a lot of faith in him and he’s got a tremendous future,” said Jackett.
“Whether I put him back into the team now or wait, the performance level he’s showed in the first few games have convinced me he has a terrific future.
“He’s had some very good games this season, and some not so good ones, but that’s what young players do.
“It’s for him to say ‘I’ve done very well, I’ve played the first seven games for a big club in Wolves, and when I go back in, I’ll be better and I’m going to learn from what I’ve done’.”
Evans could win an immediate reprieve with David Davis suspended for Saturday’s visit of Sheffield United after his fifth booking of the season.
The Wales Under-21 international is in Jackett’s thoughts but the head coach admitted he has no other natural ballwinner.
As for how Evans took the news of his omission, Jackett said: “He was disappointed but he’s a good professional and he understood.”