Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Jackett has high hopes for England Under-19 defender

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Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has backed 19-year-old defender Dominic Iorfa to

Wolverhampton Wanderers coasted to the League One title last season, and made a great start to life back in the second tier with Kenny Jackett's men doing enough to be in the top six after eight games. The key to that impressive opening to the season was a stern defence, but their last three games have seen deficiencies emerge, conceding eight goals in combined games against Reading, Huddersfield Town and Wigan Athletic.

Whilst centre backs Danny Batth and Richard Stearman remain in the side, the right back situation for Wolves has been in flux of late. Both Matt Doherty and Sam Ricketts have played there recently, whilst youngster Dominic Iorfa was in the 20-man squad to face Wigan a week ago.

Iorfa, 19, spent time with Shrewsbury Town on loan last season, and as an England Under-19 international, he's highly rated in the Midlands - especially considering that he can play both right back and centre back. Should Wolves' defensive woes worsen, then Iorfa may well be thought of as a solution - at least, that's what manager Jackett says.

"He’s 19 – so that’s old enough," said Jackett. "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. As for experience, until you go in there you don’t know. 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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