Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett today hinted there is no way back for outcast Jamie O’Hara as he put his faith in his midfield youngsters.
O’Hara remains on the transfer list with not a single enquiry from the start of pre-season training in June.
An Express & Star poll of 4,000 votes revealed 55 per cent wanted the £5m midfielder recalled to the team despite falling out with fans at Brighton on the final day of last season.
Jackett, whose side host Oldham tonight hoping to return to winning ways after drawing 1-1 with Coventry on Saturday, has said he would always consider the supporters’ views.
But he is highly unlikely to climb down over O’Hara, who saw a penalty saved in last night’s 2-0 Under-21s’ defeat to West Ham at Telford.
“He’s not someone I’ve considered so I’d have to maybe think about that,” said the boss.
“In terms of newspaper polls and fans’ opinions, it would be something I’d have to think about before answering.
“We have a lot of good young midfielders who have played well this season – David Davis, Lee Evans, Jack Price and we bought Kevin McDonald.
“Three out of those four are homegrown. The young players need chances, patience and a considerable amount of opportunities to develop.
“There’s a hunger and desire from me to try to develop some young players and we’ve done pretty well as a team.”
Jackett admitted Wolves are still striving for more fluency through midfield however.
“Sometimes our fluency and creativity hasn’t quite been there, and at times we’ve lacked a range of passing to perhaps put balls behind defenders to create chances,” he said.
“We’ve done that spasmodically.
“Jack Price is a very good one-touch player and he keeps the ball moving and Lee Evans has probably created the most chances with his long passes to Leigh Griffiths.”
Jackett said the lack of interest in the former Tottenham midfielder was telling.
“It’s interesting there have been no takers and that says a lot,” he said.
“He needs a break to get his career going again.
“But there have been no options – it’s not like he’s had several opportunities or different clubs come in for him.”
Meanwhile, Price is fit to keep his place after being substituted 10 minutes before half-time on Saturday when he was suffering from a headache and blurred vision.
“It was a migraine type problem, but he’s OK now,” said Jackett.