Kenny Jackett today insisted Jamie O’Hara could shape Wolves’ season as the £5m midfielder was taken off the transfer list.
The Molineux head coach also claimed he was under no financial pressure to end the exile of O’Hara, who earns around £20,000-a-week. Jackett wants fans to trust him over the prickly issue of O’Hara’s return to Wolves’ first team.
He ended the 27-year-old’s absence from the squad on Saturday when he was recalled to the bench for the 2-1 win at Bradford.
The former Tottenham playmaker is now under consideration to be involved at Molineux this weekend as Wolves play Stevenage for the first time on Saturday.
Asked if there was a risk on his part in bringing O’Hara back, Jackett said: “I have to make decisions every day and every week.
“You can’t get all of those right but decisions have to be made. And if he can be an asset to us, and is capable of shaping our season and helping us to promotion, it will have been a good decision. My job is to be successful and win games and if it helps us do that, fine.
“Other players have got moves, but it hasn’t happened for him.”
Jackett said there hasn’t been any pressure on him into re-introducing O’Hara by the board. Asked if he was off the transfer list, he answered: “Yes”.
But he added: “It was totally a footballing decision – I’ve had no pressure from above me to select him.
“It’s a bit of everything. Firstly, we’ve got a build-up of injuries and then secondly, it’s been four months and he hasn’t got his move.
“I feel enough time has passed and I want to see how he responds and whether he can earn a place.”