Date:Thursday December 12 2013
Back in August we dubbed Wolverhampton Wanderers signing of Sheffield United midfielder Kevin McDonald as crucial.
Kenny Jackett's first signing as head coach of Wolves was Sam Ricketts, a 31-year-old Welsh international.
His second was Kevin McDonald a 24-year-old Scottish midfielder also with international experience at youth level.
Whilst we recognised that a key factor of the Wolves revival following back-to-back relegations was based around youth, Jackett was also obviously aware that we need to blood in some experience to support the team and we thought that this signing could be 'crucial' to help towards that aim.
The 24-year-old 6ft 2in Scottish midfielder came through the youth system at Dundee, making over 100 appearances north of the border before a £500,000 move to Burnley in 2008 at the age of just 19.
He made 64 appearances during a three year spell at Turf Moor, whilst also going out on loan to Scunthorpe and Notts County.
In 2011 he made the move to Sheffield United on a free transfer where he has made 91 appearances including two appearances already this season.
He joined Wolves for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year-contract and whatever that undisclosed fee was in 18 appearances it's proving money well spent.
Alongside Dave Edwards in central midfield he's looked excellent and has received praise from Jackett in the process.
"He`s a modern-day midfield player now, Central midfield players used to be destroyers but they really do need to be creators as well. Jackett told the Express & Star.
He continued: "If you can get people who can both attack and defend in either the one or two holding roles that we use now, they`re vital positions.
"The ball needs to be transferred through those areas and people who are good on the ball in central midfield can make things happen which is important for the way we want to play and important for modern football."
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Date:Thursday December 12 2013
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