Lee Evans was today urged to learn his lessons to force his way back into the Wolves midfield and progress to the next level.
The 19-year-old midfielder took to social networking site Twitter to vent his frustration at being left out of the side for Saturday’s 3-0 win at Colchester, the third successive League One game he has missed out on.
Evans and David Davis have been replaced by Kevin McDonald and Jack Price in central midfield. Before the game, Evans tweeted “another Saturday with no game #headsgone” then added “disappointed not to travel this week but hopefully the boys come back with 3 points” before deleting his first tweet.
Evans, who started six of Wolves’ opening seven league matches, was unavailable for Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy penalty shoot-out exit to Notts County as he was with Wales Under-21s.
Head coach Kenny Jackett believes Evans, a £200,000 transfer window capture from League Two new-boys Newport, must now develop certain aspects of his play to move on.
“There’s a way of showing your frustration; he’s just gone 19 and he’s had half a dozen games,” said Jackett. “Our midfield hasn’t necessarily looked as convincing as it should at times. We’ve had better departments so we’ve changed things around.
“We started with David Davis and Lee, and at present, Kevin McDonald and Jack Price have been playing. That’s not to say Lee won’t come back into the team; I think he will.
“He just has to go about things the right way and learn. He’s got a good all-round game – his range of passing is as good as anyone here, he can run, his enthusiasm is good and he can come up with a goal. But his test is to ensure when he plays in a central midfield two, he plays well positionally, so he doesn’t vacate the area too much, plays from behind the ball and backs up a four-man forward line, in whichever formation they play in. He has to learn because if you leave that area in front of the centre-halves open too much, teams can give you problems the higher you go.
“But I’m pleased with what he’s done and he has a really bright future.”
Meanwhile, captain-for-the-night Richard Stearman today insisted Wolves can bounce back from their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit to Notts County.
Wolves don’t play again until the League One visit of Coventry a week on Saturday and Stearman said: “We’ve got to focus on the league now because that’s what the most important thing is this season and we’re looking forward to getting back into action.
“We want to win every game we take part in so we were disappointed to lose the other night. But it does play second fiddle to the league and we’re looking forward to the Coventry game.”