Wolves' Liam McAlinden joins Shrewsbury Town on loan

Wolves striker Liam McAlinden was today set a challenge as he started a loan spell at League One rivals Shrewsbury Town.

Liam McAlinden of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Curtis Thompson of Notts County.
Liam McAlinden of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Curtis Thompson of Notts County.

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.”

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Comments for: "Wolves' Liam McAlinden joins Shrewsbury Town on loan"

Mander Center

Could be good for Liam , to bring his game on a bit and build from last seasons experience.


He should be ahead of Cassidy in the pecking order, meaning Cassidy should be one out on loan.

Cassidy has the skill of appearing invisible in every game he plays at first team level.



I thought it was just me that thought that.

Was wondering what all the hype was about him?

tipton wolf

Spot on mate hes a waste of space

Guess you missed all the off sides the lad has when he has played this season, so maybe try watching a match with your eyes open next time.

Made no impact I agree but he young and learning, so invisible is a bit harsh. The only way he will improve/adjust to this lvl is from 1st team game time.

Bob Wolf

Why haven't we farmed out Cassidy on loan? That bloke looks more like a carthorse than a footballer. Sure he would fit in nicely at Stafford Rangers...


What have Stafford Rangers ever done to you !


Everytime I've seen him he shows good movement and close control and I hear he has a decent goal record for the reserves. Hopefully he can make the step-up and this will benefit him.

Anyone heard any news of how our other loanees are doing out at other clubs? Has Hennessey been playing well? Has Johnson relegated Sheffield Wednesday yet? Has boukari played at all? How about Doumbia, hows he been getting on?


I would hope that this means we are going to add a loanee striker to our squad, to make up the numbers. We live in hope !


I suppose game time is the most important thing for McAlinden, but I would like to see Cassidy loaned out.


Liam, will learn far more playing for Graham Turner, than staying in our U21's. Shrewsbury are a good club for bringing on younger players, I like young Tom Bradshaw, and have followed his progress under GT, 5 goals in 10 matches, so its an excellent move, im sure he will return a far better player all round than he is at present. Its my opinion only, that I think he will be a better player than Jake Cassidy. Jake did very well at Tranmere, but whenever he plays in Wolves first team,he never seems to cut it. I hope he does for his sake, but more importantly for Wolves and fans sake. GOOD LUCK Liam. UTW: ps I hope Sam Ricketts injury wont keep him out to long.


I would agree with you that Jake Cassidy has not shown the kind of form that so far, he showed at Tranmere. For the time being it's best that he remains at Molineux in case there is an injury crisis, but he is clearly well behind Griffiths, Doyle and Sigurdarson in the pecking order. Maybe when McAlinden returns in January, it would be appropriate to send Cassidy out on loan for the rest of the season to gain more first team experience, and then re-assess him on his return. He shows potential, but it maybe that he's reached the limit of his ability.


This is excellant news for both the player and the club.

Having seen him play quite a few times for the U21's, I believe that he will become a significant player for the Wolves in the years to come. I congratuate Jackett's decision to loan him to Shrewsbury where our coaching staff can keep a close eye on him. He needs to make that step up from reserve team football.

I would also like to see Ebanks-Landell loaned out as I see a lot potential in the young man. Perhaps Graham Turner might be persuaded to take him as well for 3 months.


I believe he is a better player than Cassidy! Perhaps Cassidy should go out on loan aswell dont think he is going to cut the mustard to be honest! Big George needs shipping out aswell i'm afraid! UTW


Hopefully McAlinden will score some goals and come back on the fringes of our team. Agreed with others that he has shown much more potential than Cassidy.

I can't remember seeing a youngster look so consistently out of his depth as Cassidy, apart from maybe Forde!


I think this may be a mistake. liam has looked quite useful

from where I'm standing cassidy,elokobi and Foley would benefit from a loan.

George needs games after a serious injury,cassidy- makes no impact in any game I have seen him playing in, Foley - serious lack of confidence and I think he hides in games.

paul davo

Wrong move Liam will learn nowt at a club with no top strikers, if you want to develop into a good striker you need to move on to a bigger club with players you can learn from,


Well done liam on scoring on your debut for the shrews, good start. Turners got a gem

for 3months.

Would people stop dissing Cassidy, we need to encourage the youth not rip the hell out of em.

Cassidy did a gd job for Tranmere last season in this league and scored 10+ in half a season. My question is why can't he do it for wolves? Why do we play so differently? Cassidy is a big lad, same with mcalinden.

They both need more confindence and experience. I think they've been playing off scraps most of he season same with Griffiths. We just havent had that clinical service all season. Looking forward to the team gelling together. Wonder where we will be after the orient game and the new year?