Clarke Believes Wes McDonald Has What it Takes to Reach the Top

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken to the local press and insisted winger Wes McDonald has all the attributes to play at a higher level, but become more consistent if he is to achieve his potential.
Despite showing plenty of potential whilst enjoying youth spells with Crystal Place, Fulham and Birmingham City Wes failed to secure much in the way of regular first-team football before arriving in WS1.

The 22-year-old had made just twenty-two appearances before linking up with the Saddlers with the lionshare of his outings coming during an injury-hit six-month stay with Yeovil Town.

However, since arriving in Walsall Wes has gone on to become a fans’ favourite, netting seven goals and chipping in with four assists over thirty-four first-team appearances, form which also saw him secure an extended deal.

But as the London-born attacker's performance levels have fluctuated over recent weeks manager Clarke believes he will have to find more consistency if he is to make the most of his potential.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Darrell said; "I always say this, players have got the manager and the coaching staff. We put the fundamentals on, the environment, the sessions and the game plans on – but for me, you’re your own manager as a player.

"How you live your life, how you train every single minute of every day, what you do away from the pitch and how you deal with things mentally. Wes has the attributes to play higher, but you’ve got to be that on a consistent basis and that’s what everyone is thriving to be.

"You can see in players the penny drops early enough, and sometimes it doesn’t drop early enough. They’ll kick on in their careers but they’re in control of their own destiny that’s for sure."

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