BURTON Albion have signed promising Wolves winger Zeli Ismail on loan for a month.
The 20-year-old England Under-17 international has impressed Brewers boss Gary Rowett with his pace and energy.
“He’s exciting and gets you on the edge of your seat,” said the Albion manager. “He’s got pace and is energetic, can take players on and get past them.
“He can play on either wing or in a No 10 role.”
Ismail, who was born in Albania, will give the Brewers some depth in the wide areas, with Chris Hussey, Alex MacDonald and Jimmy Phillips the only recognised wingers at the club now Adam McGurk is playing as an out-and-out striker.
“We’ve got some really, really good players at the club,” said Rowett. “But we’re a couple down with Adam (Reed) and Rory (Delap) not here anymore.
“We’ve got to add to the squad.
“Zeli had a taste of it with MK Dons last season and played some games for Wolves too this season.
“Can he come and give us a little bit of edge?
“We’ll find out over the next month.
“Wolves are keen for him to get some game time and we’re keen to improve our squad over the next month.”
Rowett tried to sign Ismail last season but he went to MK Dons. Now, the highly rated youngster, who has made 16 Football League appearances, will finally pull on an Albion shirt.
“We’ve all seen quite a lot of him over the last year,” said the Brewers boss. “I made a tentative enquiry last season but he went to MK Dons.
“We’re really pleased to get him on board this time.
“The relationship between the clubs is
something which has helped us too.”
“They’ve taken a couple of our young players over the last two years and have helped us out.”
Meanwhile, Rowett has confirmed that Adam Reed has signed for York City – not gone on loan – after his one-year contract at the Pirelli Stadium was cancelled by mutual consent.
Initially, the 22-year-old’s move to Yorkshire was reported as a loan, but that was incorrect.
Reed, signed as a promising midfielder with excellent passing ability, showed flashes of genuine talent but could not nail down a permanent place with Albion.
“Adam wasn’t getting much football for one reason or another,” said Rowett. “It hasn’t quite worked out and we have to accept that and try to do what’s best for both parties.
“We’ve agreed to end his contract with us so he can tie one up with York.
“We’ve got to move on, but we don’t have to do that very often.
“There’re always going to be one or two along the way you don’t quite get right.
“But most of the signings we’ve got pretty spot-on.
“The emergence of Matty Palmer was one reason Adam didn’t feature too highly.
“He was so good in pre-season he was even better than I expected.
“I had a choice between someone the club had developed or someone with a one-year contract.
“We could’ve gone with Reedy, but we made that choice.”