Björn Sigurdarson today admitted he would relish a sustained run in the Wolves team at centre forward – as the fitness of Kevin Doyle and Leigh Griffiths handed Kenny Jackett another welcome selection dilemma.
Jackett suggested early this week that Sigurdarson would benefit from a regular centre forward spot to build up some consistency in that position, but knows he also has Doyle and Griffiths available for tomorrow’s game with Sheffield United (3pm), and Jake Cassidy and Liam McAlinden also keen to impress.
Sigurdarson, who has been used both in the middle and on the right of midfield since arriving at Molineux last summer, is happy in either position but would like to prove he merits a more permanent starting berth down the middle.
“I have really enjoyed playing at centre forward,” he says.
“It has been different, the feeling of playing down the middle, and it gives the potential of scoring more goals.
“You can focus perhaps more on scoring goals than on the defensive side and tracking back from a midfield position.
“I think I was brought here to play as a centre forward but it hasn’t happened all that often.
“I think both Stale and Dean liked playing me on the wing so I didn’t get too many opportunities as a centre forward.
“I’m still happy to play out wide and enjoy it there but it would certainly be nice to have a run in the team as a striker.
“If you can get a few games in the same position you can get more used to it and feel more like you know what you are doing.
“When you switch between positions it always takes a little bit of time to adapt to the change.
“You always know what is expected from each position but it helps to build up some rhythm when you have a run in the team.
“If I can do that as centre forward hopefully I can show what I can do.
“I do like running at players and when you do that on the wing it is about setting other people up.
“If you do that in the middle it can maybe lead to a goal which is a difference!
“I would like to think I could score some goals as centre forward but I don’t mind who scores as long as we get the three points.
“And there is certainly some very good competition with the strikers.
“Every day in training you have to make sure you do the best you can because we have so many good strikers.”
Sigurdarson has been relishing the new challenge for Wolves this season, albeit in a division where the club wouldn’t want to be.
He made clear his intention to stay despite last season’s relegation, and admits Wolves have faced some tough tasks already this season, with another one set for tomorrow.
“It was another hard game at Shrewsbury but a very good result,” he says.
“My header hit the post and to be honest I thought it was going in.
“It was a difficult game like they have all been so far.
“Even if Sheffield United haven’t had a good start they have good players and every team in this division can give you a tough game.
“Every team gives everything they have and it doesn’t matter who it is or where they are in the table – they make it difficult.
“And if you are on a bad run you are desperate to get out of it and think that one win will make a big difference.”
In terms of Wolves’ prospects, despite one of their best starts to a season results-wise for many a year, Sigurdarson actually believes they haven’t hit anything like their peak in terms of performances.
He is confident, that with the season still only in its infancy, there is much more to come.
“It’s been a good start to the season but we’ve not played as well as we can yet,” he added.
“Last season we didn’t seem to be able to pick up results when we weren’t playing well but we’re managing to do that now and things are more with us.
“To be honest I don’t think we’ve been good enough yet and should be doing a lot better in games.
“As the gaffer has said, we should be getting to a position where we are fully deserving to win games because of how we are playing.
“In a way it’s a good sign that we’ve done ok and still think we have more to come – and there are a lot of games still to play!”