Kenny Jackett today challenged Jamie O’Hara to follow the example of Kevin Doyle and become a leader to Wolves’ young cubs.
Midfielder O’Hara is hoping to be accepted by the Molineux masses again following his fall-out with supporters at Brighton in May.
Jackett ended the £5m playmaker’s four-month exile from the first-team squad for last week’s 2-1 win at Bradford and this week said the former Tottenham man had been taken off the transfer list.
O’Hara, who was expected to be in the squad for this afternoon’s visit of Stevenage, has some way to go to re-establish himself.
But head coach Jackett believes he can help himself by following Doyle in setting a good example to the growing crop of younger players.
“Kevin’s attitude to the group is very good,” said Jackett. “He does set a very good example at a club where everyone wants to produce young players.
“The young players have to be good enough, but everyone here is committed to the youth policy.
“You can look at home-grown players who have benefitted from loan spells elsewhere and come back and done very such as Carl Ikeme and Danny Batth. But within that you need good senior pros and Kevin Doyle fits into that category.
“Jamie now has the age and experience and to do that (lead) would be his aim, I’m sure.”
Jackett believes ever-present keeper Ikeme and versatile defender Richard Stearman have the experience to start showing leadership qualities too.
“There are a few others as well as Kevin, and the likes of Ikeme and Stearman have to become that,” said the head coach.
“At 27 and 26 respectively, it’s around about the age you’re looking for them to lead the likes of Lee Evans, Jack Price and David Davis, because those younger lads will follow what they do.”
Doyle came on after just 24 minutes at Valley Parade and almost immediately helped turn the game Wolves’ way after a bold tactical switch by Jackett.
And he is on course to start this afternoon at a time when Leigh Griffiths has been struggling with a heavy cold.
“Kevin starting is in my thoughts because he had a good game when he came on and turned it for us in a 20, 25-minute period,” said Jackett.
“He’s played most of the games so far and been heavily involved.”