Wolves striker Liam McAlinden was today set a challenge as he started a loan spell at League One rivals Shrewsbury Town.
The 20-year-old has joined Graham Turner’s side for three months and is set for a possible debut at home to Gillingham tomorrow.
McAlinden is one of the most highly rated in his age group at Molineux and Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett is hoping the Cannock-born forward can take his opportunity in the same way Matt Doherty and Danny Batth have.
Both impressed in loan spells at Bury and Sheffield Wednesday respectively before nailing down regular first-team places at Wolves.
“We’re looking for Liam to play well at Shrewsbury and develop as a really good player for Wolves,” said Jackett. “Danny benefitted and Matt Doherty had a really good spell at Bury and he’s been excellent for us this season.
“There are many cases for loan spells being very constructive for them to make it at their parent club, which is the main reason they’re here.
“Liam’s not had many minutes but he’s got terrific potential and shows excellent quality in the Under-21s.
“And with some physical development and experience, we feel he can be a very good player.”
“He’s got a terrific frame, and if that fills out, experience of League football will really bring him on.”