Nouha Dicko today looked ahead to life in the Sky Bet Championship and revealed he is relishing any added pressure of being expected to provide the goals to fire the club to a successful season.
The striker notched 12 goals for Wolves over the second half of last season, adding to the six scored for Rotherham shortly before, and got off the mark for the current pre-season in last night’s 4-1 victory at Shamrock Rovers.
And he is happy to carry the main weight of goalscoring expectation should that be the case next season.
Dicko has already played and scored goals at Championship level and is confident he will be able to do the same again.
“I am looking forward to next season now,” said Dicko.
“We all want to do well in the Championship and hopefully we will do that.
“It all has to be step-by-step but I think we have some good quality in the squad and everybody is ready.
“The atmosphere and team spirit is very good and hopefully we can have another successful season.
“I’ve already played in the Championship and managed to score some goals so I know a bit about the league.
“It is a really interesting league and a competitive one to play in but we have the quality to be able to do well and hopefully I can be part of that.
“It is a tough league but I think we have a lot of Championship players here and maybe even Premier League players.
“The gaffer has brought in two new players in Tommy and Rajiv to add to that quality.”
On his own situation he added: “When you get expectations on you it is because you have done well.
“Every striker likes to have this pressure because it’s a good pressure wanting you to do well and score goals again.
“That is how football is – you can never just stand still and have to keep getting better and keep performing and keep scoring.
“I am really looking forward to it and am relishing the pressure of trying to score some goals.
“I’ve enjoyed the two games so far and it was nice to get off the mark against Shamrock.
“Now I just want to continue that and get better and stronger to be ready for the first game against Norwich.”
Dicko returned shortly later than many of the squad due to turning out for Mali over the summer.
But having been back now for almost a fortnight, he is pleased to be getting back to peak fitness levels.
“It’s good to be back and to see everyone again and ready for the hard work ahead of the start of the new season,” he added.
“Tony Daley gave us a good programme to follow so it’s not like we’ve come back in and not done anything.
“We came back and are ready to work and improve our fitness.
“I played two games for Mali during the summer which was great experience.
“Unfortunately we didn’t win the games but it was good experience to play with international players and against a good team like Croatia before the World Cup.
“They had players from Barcelona and Real Madrid so it was good experience.
“It was different from club football and coming up against Premier League players and La Liga which was good to go against and learn from.”