Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett today challenged Liam McAlinden to use his loan at Shrewsbury as a springboard to stardom like new England hero Andros Townsend.
McAlinden had a dream start to his three-month spell at the Greenhous Meadow, scoring his first Football League goal within seven minutes of coming off the bench to seal a 2-0 win against Gillingham.
Tottenham winger Townsend starred in England’s wins over Montenegro and Poland. But prior to that, he had loans at nine clubs – including Millwall under Jackett.
Now the Wolves boss wants McAlinden to seize his opportunity in similar fashion.
“It’s very interesting to see Andros Townsend who’s the man of the moment for England but he’s had nine loan clubs and he’s 22,” said the boss.
“That shows good ambition from him to continually go out on loan. He’s worked very hard. We hope young Liam McAlinden has a very successful loan spell at Shrewsbury and it can benefit our club.”