Wolves' Jackett: Iorfa can step up

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Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has tipped youngster Dominic Iorfa to gatecrash the first team.

The 19-year-old – a powerful centre-back - was named in Jackett's 20-man matchday group for last Saturday's 2-2 draw against Wigan before it was whittled down to 18.

Jackett hasn't been frightened of promoting the club's youngsters after making Carl Ikeme, Danny Batth, Matt Doherty and Lee Evans regulars and giving chances to Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Zeli Ismail, Liam McAlinden, Aaron McCarey and Jack Price.

Asked if Iorfa can step up, Jackett said: "He's 19 – so that's old enough. He's 6ft 4ins tall and very quick, so if he's a good enough footballer, there's no reason why he can't play."

Wolves have conceded eight goals in their last three games but although Jackett isn't thinking of throwing Iorfa into first-team action immediately, he stressed the player, who had seven games on loan for Shrewsbury last season, is in his thoughts.

"As for experience, until you go in there you don't know," he said. "You can look at those things too much, but if he does well in training and you think he's capable, at some stage he's got to play.

"He was in the matchday squad because of some illness in the camp last week and Matt Doherty's ankle, so we looked a bit fragile in terms of numbers of defenders.

"Having said that, Dominic has done very well too and he deserves to be there or thereabouts with his performances in the Under-21s.

"He trains with us most of the time and so it was quite natural for him to come in as the 20th man on Saturday.

"His performances deserve that because they've been good."

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