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Clarke Fits


11:45 6th February 2014

Jackett on striker's qualities


Kenny Jackett believes Leon Clarke’s knowledge of Sky Bet League One will add even more value to his impact at Wolves.

Clarke has returned for a second stint at Molineux having previously emerged through the Academy and made his debut in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Bradford.

He has been a prolific scorer in the division and Jackett believes his various attributes will be a particular benefit to Wolves’ push for promotion over the second half of the season.

“I don’t think Leon is a centre forward who’s going to knock centre-halves around, but he has some touch and mobility,” says Jackett.

“And I think that’s the modern way: Kevin McDonald is another example of someone who’s a big lad but also a footballer.

“You have a little bit of physical presence but you don’t necessarily go crashing around.

“Leon Clarke can play – he has good touch, good awareness and he can control the ball well with both feet and bring people into the game – that’s his strength.

“I felt we needed a forward who knew the division well.

“We’ve got to go to Stevenage, Brentford and Leyton Orient when the pressure will be on us.

“He knows the division very well and has lots of experience of it – I don’t think we have another player like it.”

Jackett was also pleased to see the Wolves fans give Clarke an encouraging welcome on his return to the club.

“The fans have given him a good chance and they gave him good backing,” he added.

“He’s certainly in a side capable of creating chances, and, if he keeps getting into those positions consistently, goals will come.

“He had a lot of chances where it would have been great for him to score.”

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