First chance for young Wolves duo

Striker Sam Winnall and defender Danny Batth, both 19, will start
as McCarthy rings the changes with Saturday’s Premier League match
against Newcastle in mind. McCarthy said: “Danny went to Colchester
and had a successful spell with them. He played against Walsall in
a pre-season friendly and was different class. “Sam’s had an
excellent pre-season. He missed most of last year after a cruciate
ligament operation. He’s got himself back and is looking in really
good shape. “He’s been banging goals in in training and I’m really
pleased with him. “It’s their potential and form that’s got them
into the game. There could have been a few others, but the reality
is it should be a solid base of first-team players and a couple of
lads who’ve been showing good form. “I guess I’m hoping for a bit
of inspiration from them but if they do struggle I’ve got nine
others who are Premier League players.” McCarthy paid tribute to
Winnall’s resilience in overcoming serious injury. “There were
times last year when he was struggling with his rehab,” he said.
“He was beating that punchbag up – I think there was quite a bit of
frustration there. “He’s done exceptionally well to get back as
quickly as he has.” And the Wolves manager is confident that Batth
can handle himself against more experienced players. He said: “He’s
a big, powerful young man who physically can cope with any league.
He’s been training with us and he’s enjoyed the fact he’s been
training against (Steven) Fletcher, (Kevin) Doyle and (Andy) Keogh.
“He’s had to compete against them, so he’s had a good grounding.”
McCarthy said the rest of his team will consist of “lads who
haven’t been playing every week, but are Premier League
footballers”. He added that this match is a chance for those on the
fringes of the first team to put themselves in contention for
future games, saying: “It’s important for the players coming in
that they play well, to put themselves forward so if I need
somebody for a Premier League game they’re ready to go. “I know
what happens in these Carling Cup ties, you play against teams
who’ve had four or five games and they’re all battle-hardened.
“They turn up here and whoever it might be wants to cause an upset.
It’s important that doesn’t happen.”