Wolves boss compares £1m ex-Chelsea midfielder George Saville to Derby County duo

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Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has compared youngster George Saville to two stars at table toppers Derby County.

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett has praised youngster George Saville, but indicated there are parts of his game to work on.

Saville has impressed for Wolves since signing from Chelsea for £1 million in the summer, and Jackett has compared him to two Derby County stars.

He told the club website: At 21-years-old, he’s got a really bright future.

“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. 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."

Here's how Saville compares to the duo, based on the performances of all three this season so far.

  TeamGoalsAssistsChances Created per gamePassing AccuracyWon Tackles per gameInterceptions per gameTouches per gameAppearances
Jeff Hendrick Derby 3 2 0.92 86% 0.85 0.23 47 13
Craig Bryson Derby 2 2 1.93 90% 1.47 1.33 54.8 15
George Saville Wolves 0 0 0.67 89% 1.33 0.5 50.83 6

The most noticeable aspect of Saville's game in comparison to the Derby duo, is his lack of goals and assists, which Jackett says he believes will 'come on', potentially as his confidence grows - yet it must also be noted he has played less than half the games the Derby pair have.

His passing is excellent, recording a rate more accurate than Hendrick, and also has a higher number of touches per game, and wins more tackles and interceptions than the Irish international.

Saville, as Jackett points out, has a long way to go, but early on it appears his signing has been a success and there is much for Wolves to be positive about in the future.

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