Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has confirmed to the Express and Star that Jordan Graham remains in first-team contention, despite Rajiv van La Parra’s failure to complete a loan move to Bolton Wanderers.
Van La Parra was expected to move to the Macron Stadium this week, but the proposed deal has fallen through at the last minute.
It means that Jackett’s options on the wing have unexpectedly been increased, but the former Millwall boss insists that he still has big plans for Graham,
“Looking at the games last week against Derby and Liverpool, Jordan played very well in both games,” Jackett said.
“I was pleased for him, he’s in first team contention.
"I think he’s a player who’ll excite players, in terms if goals, creating chances and going past people.
"He has a lot of ability and getting up to speed in the Championship can be difficult but certainly a loan spell can build up and confidence and belief.”
Graham was sent out on loan to Oxford United earlier in the season, and he impressed down in League Two.
As a result, it seems that his senior Wolves debut could be in the pipeline, with the winger expected to break into their first-team set-up soon.
If Graham does join up with Wolves’ team, it will bring down the average age of the squad even further, with Jackett’s side already possessing one of the youngest teams in the Championship.
Wolves have been keen to promote from within this season, and it seems that Graham could follow in the footsteps of a number of fellow academy graduates in the near future.