“It is the younger players who will play an essential part of the team going forward” .
The words of Steve Morgan in his public statement post-Brighton.
Inevitably, fans’ thoughts immediately turned to the likes of Danny Batth, Zeli Ismail and Liam McLinden in the hope of them tearing League One apart in a new look Wolves team.
But I doubt anyone expected the pick of the bunch to be Jack Price.
Played out on the right in pre-season, it took Price until December to cement his place in the side.
Since then, only a freak injury sustained against Leyton Orient has hampered his rapid progress towards becoming a permanent fixture in a record breaking Wolves team.
Now rewarded with a new two and half year contract , the future looks bright for the ‘Shrewsbury Pirlo’.
His composure on the ball displays maturity beyond years as does his decision making under pressure. For years Wolves have lacked a classy midfield player in this mould, so it’s pleasing they’ve managed to produce one from their own academy.
With Price and the superb Kevin McDonald striking an excellent understanding in the middle for Wolves, it’s provided the attacking quartet in front of them the platform to flourish.
We no longer have to hold our breath when a defender slides the ball into a midfield player, fearing the inevitable surrender of possession. Quite refreshing.
Credit must go to the manager for crafting the partnership but perhaps even more so Kevin Thelwell who has played a significant role.
Indeed, Price might not even be here had Thelwell not fought for him to be given more time to develop. McDonald too came in off of our much improved scouting system, masterminded by Thelwell.
Whenever I see Price play he reminds of Swansea’s own midfield general Leon Britton. Funnily enough, he too started out on the right for Kenny Jackett and was moved inside (by Roberto Martinez) and became a central figured for a team that rose up the leagues.
If Price can continue to develop at the rate he has this season, I don’t see why he can’t have a similar impact at Wolves.