No fringe men loans – McCarthy

McCarthy admits some members of his squad have become frustrated at

a lack of first-team opportunities, such as out-of-favour defender

Steven Mouyokolo and fit-again midfielder David Jones. Premier

League players can only be loaned to Football League clubs outside

the transfer window and for a minimum of 28 days. But after Jones,

Dave Edwards and Ronald Zubar were ruled out of Sunday’s 3-3 draw

with Tottenham, McCarthy wants all hands on deck in case he is hit

by more injuries during the survival run-in. “Mouyokolo does feel

on the fringes – as do all of them who are on the bench,” he told

the Express & Star. “But I have a squad of players and apart

from the 11 who start on any given day, the rest all feel on the

fringes. They’re all brassed off, frustrated and they think they

should be in the team. “But there’s no chance of him or Dave Jones

going out on loan – or anyone else for that matter. None of the

first-team players are going out on loan. “That’s because you

suddenly get instances like we had last weekend when I lost three

more players – Edwards and Jones from the midfield, and Zubar. “I

need to keep them all here because if I allow players to go out on

loan and then I start looking at the bench and I find we’re

struggling for numbers, I’ve got a problem.” McCarthy has no qualms

about his fringe players getting annoyed about their situation but

has challenged them to channel that frustration positively if and

when they are handed an opportunity to impress. “The beauty of that

is when they get a chance, they’ve got to take it – just like

Stephen Ward, Nenad Milijas and Kevin Foley did on Sunday because

they were great,” added the Wolves boss. “So I don’t mind them

feeling brassed off, annoyed and frustrated. The reaction I want is

if you do get a chance, use it to stay in the team and play well.

“Staying in this league means a lot to all of us for lots of

reasons, so whether they’re sat on the bench or not, it’s important

they do it right. “And they do – they’re a great bunch of guys.”