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Forward Planning


12:05 24th January 2014

Jackett ponders striker options

Kenny Jackett is mulling over his forward options for tomorrow’s visit of Bristol City with Nouha Dicko pushing for a debut.

The striker is available for Wolves for the first time since joining from Wigan after last weekend’s game at Crawley was postponed.

Leigh Griffiths started the victory against Preston as a lone frontman a fortnight ago, and while he has been the subject of speculation linking him with a move Jackett remains keen to keep competition for places high amongst his front-line.

“If we’re looking at these next three games I’m looking for Nouha to come in and make an impact in that period,” said Jackett.

“Which side I start with we’ll see but we’ve got Bristol City, then Oldham away on Tuesday and then Bradford at home the following Saturday, so they are good games after a couple of weeks without one.

“There is a lot made of playing up front on your own, but if you play that formation it depends on what support you get from the wide men and midfield – it doesn’t really change your role.

“And also in terms of what Nouha was brought here to do, he has good aggression and the ability to get in behind defences.

“Wherever he has been, he has the ability to get vital goals so they are the things he has been brought here to do as opposed to fitting in to a particular formation.

“And he has settled in fine – he knows the club from last season and he knows the vast majority of the players.

“He’s ready and waiting and raring to go.”

Jackett said he had spoken to Griffiths about reports suggesting he would be keen to move to Celtic, and re-affirmed that he remains in his plans at Molineux.

“I’ve talked to Leigh and the nature of that conversation will remain private,” he added.

“He’s expressed quite a strong interest in Celtic generally – that was the nature of the article I saw – but there’s no great problem there.

“What I want to do is build up a good, strong group of strikers if I can.

“If you are going to be a successful club over a number of years, which is what we want to be, to build Wolves and make it strong for a long period, then you need a strong group of strikers.

“I accept the speculation is there and try to be as clear with my players as I possibly can and be straight with them and expect the same back.

“I thought Leigh was a good addition for us at the start of the season and continue to do so.

“I certainly hope he can score more goals over the second half of the season because if he did that it would mean we’d be successful and we’d be getting the wins that we want.

“I want to build up as strong a group of strikes as possible, particularly towards the end of the season.

“I don’t want to get caught short in that department, and if we’re a club that had a surplus, that might be the difference.”

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