Adlene Geudioura aims to step out of Dave Jones’ shadow as Wolves embark on their first step towards silverware.
The Algerian found himself out of the team on the opening day of the season despite ending last season on a massive high following his exploits in South Africa and a superb solo goal against Sunderland on the final day.
Not that he is remotely worried.
“If I start to think that the hard work is behind me then I have no need to play football any more,” the 24-year-old said.
“Every day is not about a ‘fight’ but it is about work. That is my mentality. The important thing for me is, yes, I did those things last season but now it is a new season and I have to do more than last year.
“I know the gaffer and I think I’ve made my mark with him. I don’t need to worry about that but I want to improve this season and I think I can show more than I did last year.
“We are not a new team in the Premier League any more. We have experience and I think we can be strong. If we are strong then everyone can progress.
‘‘But for me I know I have to improve every day, in every training session and in every game. That’s what I have to do.”
Guedioura was squeezed out of the team against Stoke when Mick McCarthy switched to a 4-4-2 system.
He drooled over Jones’ goal, saying: “After the game I went straight on to the internet to watch the goal again – it was a beautiful goal. I hope he scores another like that but then I’ll have to score a goal like that too.
“I feel ready but I know I have to show that on the pitch and if I deserve to play I know the gaffer will pick me to start. The gaffer knows everyone in the team, but he needs the players to show every time that they are ready. We have many good players but maybe they won’t be ready to play on any given week.
‘‘The gaffer likes to see us in every small detail, and if we are bad in training he will see it. So I will have to be ready for every training session to show I am ready for the games.”
Nenad Milijas also finds himself playing catch-up to Jones, but Guedioura is not complaining.
“I especially like playing central midfield, like last year, but I can play out wide too,’’ he added. ‘‘Dave Jones and Karl Henry have that position now and Milijas plays there too.
“That’s good for the team. If you don’t have competition, then you can’t have a good team. I prefer it this way. This way we can win games.”