New-boy George Saville aims to add some bite to the Wolves midfield – and bring a touch of Frank Lampard’s class.
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The 21-year-old classes himself as an all-rounder – box-to-box, attacking, able to score but also loving a tackle.
Few made a bigger influence on the Camberley-born player than Chelsea’s record scorer Lampard, now on loan from New York City at Manchester City.
And after spending a decade coming through the ranks at Stamford Bridge and watching Lampard at close quarters, Saville would like nothing more than to have a similarly big impact on his new club.
“Frank Lampard is one of the best professionals I’ve ever trained with,” said Saville.
“He’s been around for a long time and knows what he needs to get the most out of himself. He knows when to muck about and when to knuckle down, be serious and get on with it.
“It’s hard not to learn a lot from a player of his quality and the way he carries himself is first-class.
“They’re all good lads and top-class professionals on and off the pitch and helped and guided me.
“We had a really good age group – the likes of Josh McEachran, Billy Knott who’s at Bradford, Billy Clifford who’s at Walsall, and the new lads who came in later such as Patrick Bamford, so there was a lot of good young talent there.
“Before I went on loan last year I spent time with the first team, training with them and going away with them.
“But it got to a point where I felt it was time to move on and find my feet elsewhere.”
Having won the Premier League Reserve title and the FA Youth Cup at Chelsea then automatic promotion in a season-long loan at Brentford last season, Lampard’s winning mentality certainly rubbed off on Saville if his young career is anything to go by.
“I think that’s why we all play football – to win,” he said.
“It’s always nice to get a promotion and hopefully it’s the first of a few. Sometimes you’ve got to win ugly but it’s the best feeling.
“I’ve been fortunate to win a few things up to now but I feel my career is just starting so I want to progress, develop and learn and try to be the best I can be.”
Saville was booked 10 times for the Bees last season.
He confesses to loving a tackle but if there is one element he could iron out of his game it would be a tendency to catch opponents late.
“There are a lot of nice, fancy players out there, but I think a team always needs a ballwinner in there and hopefully I can bring a bit of that as well as the other stuff.
“My bookings mainly came from my tackles last season so I’ve got to be careful this time and try not to get into too much trouble.”
And he is determined to show Wolves fans he can be more than just a ballwinner, especially as he is already familiar with the system.
“I can do a bit of everything – attack or defend, protect the back four or play further up the pitch,” he said.
“At Brentford, we played the same formation as here, 4-3-3, but with only one holding player and two in front, and I was one of those, normally with Adam Forshaw and it worked well. That was a great learning curve, but you have to take the positives and hopefully I’ll bring those to Wolves.”
Saville only has the briefest experience in the Championship, with three appearances for Jackett’s Milllwall in 2012-13.
But he is convinced he and Wolves can excel at this level.