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14:28 28th February 2014

Jackett monitoring squad options

Kenny Jackett says Wolves boast plenty of attacking options for his disposal at the present time – but will continue to monitor the situation ahead of the loan window closing in less than a month’s time.

 

The deadline for emergency loan deals is March 27th, and assessment is continuing as to whether Wolves will need any additions to take the club through to the end of the season.

Four strikers – Leigh Griffiths, Jake Cassidy, Kevin Doyle and Bjorn Sigurdarson – left the club in January, but with everyone fit Jackett is confident he has plenty of options in that department at the moment.

“The team is in a good rhythm and long may it continue,” says Jackett.

"We hope we don't get any injuries and after that we have to work very hard to make sure people coming in know their jobs, know the system and it doesn't go down a notch.

"That's the important thing.

“It (a loan) is something we might have to consider - we'll see how things are looking there.

"If you're looking at the squad right now, we have Dicko, McAlinden and Clarke isn't too far away.

"And then in the group that backs it up in either formation, we have Henry, Jacobs, Sako, Edwards and Evans, depending on how they would take a shirt, so we're not lacking numbers with those guys.

"Any more would probably leave those people too far down the line.

"Also, if you're bringing people in, it's very difficult to bring people in to be sub in League One.

"At the same time, they've got to be good enough to play for Wolves, so that's a contradiction.

"It's not something we'll do just for the sake of it, or take a body, because after those guys I've mentioned, we also have Eusebio, Bradley Reid and Ibrahim Keita - our own young players.

"We have a responsibility to develop them and it's something we want to do.”

Griffiths is still Wolves’ top scorer this season with 13 goals, despite his departure, but Bakary Sako (9) and James Henry and Michael Jacobs (both 6) have chipped in well.

Jackett is keen for all his players to contribute to the ‘goals for’ column between now and the end of the season.

“They're nicely spread around for us at present, and they should be,” he says.

"Wide men have to provide a service for forwards and crosses, but they also have a responsibility to come off the line and get shots in and get into the box and score goals as well.

"And full-backs have a responsibility to get down the line and put crosses in as well.

"So as long as those things dovetail and interchange, I feel you can spread your goals around.

"In my opinion, Sako certainly hasn't finished scoring for the season, and Jacobs and McDonald can get goals.

"We've done well defensively as a side, but I also think centre-halves can get some goals as the season goes on, particularly from set-pieces.”

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