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Jackett calls for patience with Wolves midfielder Saville

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Kenny Jackett today declared Wolves midfielder George Saville is a long-term project as he admitted the team misses Dave Edwards.

Saville was one of numerous players who struggled in the 5-0 demolition at Derby and missed Wolves' best chance at 1-0. The 21-year-old was handed Edwards's number 10 role at the iPro Stadium but struggled to make an impact.

Head coach Jackett believes Saville can still emerge as an all-action midfielder, however.

"At 21-years-old, he's got a really bright future," said the boss. "I see it as a long game with him but in a team playing 4-3-3 he's got potential and is an option.

"His eye for a pass, eye for a goal, can come on. He needs to work on his defensive side but he'll get physically stronger as he gets older."

Jackett added: "He's got the game to do it – he reminds me of Jeff Hendrick or Craig Bryson at Derby.

"He's an attacking midfielder that's got a bit of everything. He can tackle, compete, stay with runners, and make good decisions defensively while keeping the creative and shooting side of the game.

"He had a chance on Saturday which, at 1-0 down, he needed to hit the target.

"Early on in the Reading game he got through and should have scored and he hit the post at Charlton.

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"He's creative in the bits he's had, but he's capable of making and scoring goals but needs to improve the defensive side of his game."

Jackett believes Saville has the running power to rival Edwards.

"His running is right up there on all the tests," he said. "Him and Scott Golbourne are the best two in the club purely on running tests."

Jackett admits Wolves miss Edwards, who is out with medial knee ligament damage. He said: "Dave Edwards has been quite key for us this season. Some of, if not all our best performances have involved him."

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