Mick McCarthy heaps praise on Marcus Bent

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Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has warned his players that the recent arrival of Marcus Bent means no-one's place in the team is guaranteed.

McCarthy believes the much-travelled forward will add even more competition to a squad that has started the campaign in impressive fashion.

Bent featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Burton Albion on Wednesday, after which McCarthy was quoted in the Express and Star as saying:"Nobody is a 'shoo-in' anymore are they?

"Everyone anticipated it would be (Steven) Fletcher and (Kevin) Doyle as first choice strikers this season, but Sylvan (Ebanks-Blake) scored his couple of goals and has played out of his skin.

"Now we've got Marcus in as well who will give us more competition for places. He will add something.

"He's big, quick and powerful and I remember when he played against us here with Cameron Jerome against Michael Mancienne and Richard Stearman, he didn't 'half rough us up'.

"He caused us problems by his presence – all the qualities he has are what defenders don't like playing against.

"He's quick, good in the air, he backs into people and he's got a goal in him. He's only 32 and had a really tough time with his hamstring last year. But whenever he's played against any of my teams he's been a real handful.

"I'm delighted we've brought him in. He's done well in training and did all the fitness testing before he came and had a good medical – he's in good shape.

"He did really well at Everton but everywhere he has been he's made an impact. He's hungry to do it as well which is great. The instant I asked if he wanted to come he said 'yes, fantastic' and that was good enough for me."

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