New Wolves signing Jed Wallace was today tipped as a future Premier League star – by a former Molineux striker who knows him very well.
One-time prolific scorer Guy Whittingham, who had two loan spells with Wolves in the 1990s, was Portsmouth's caretaker manager and Under-21s coach in the 21-year-old's early time at Fratton Park.
And the 50-year-old, who continued to watch Wallace develop through his role as a summariser for local radio, believes the midfielder has the ingredients to one day grace the top flight.
Whittingham, who scored nine goals in 24 games for Wolves in spring 1994 and winter 1998, said: "It's too early for him to play in the Premier League, I think.
"He knows he has a lot to learn about playing at a higher level, but the potential is there. They're getting a guy who knows he still has a lot to learn.
"He'll want to be in the side straight away but he's an honest lad who works really hard on all bits of his game he feels he's not good enough on.
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"We used to see him working every day after training practising coming in from the left on his right foot and coming in from the right on his left foot, and his heading.
"He loves the game and he's a very fit lad who trains well and works his socks off – even when things aren't going well, he keeps going.
"He'll fit in well at Wolves but I reckon he'll take a bit of time to adjust because the Championship is now like the Premier League was 15 years ago. There are some really good players in there."
Wolves are set to lose Bakary Sako this summer, and, despite being naturally right-footed, Whittingham believes Wallace could replace the Mali international.
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The former Pompey and Villa hitman added: "His best position is either wing – he's worked hard on his crossing, taking the ball to the bye-line and he's improved a lot on his left foot.
"He can certainly unleash a shot too with either foot, as people can see from his goals on You Tube.
"I don't think with the quality of the Championship he can play behind the striker but, as he gets more experienced, I wouldn't be surprised if he plays in the No 10 role."