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.”