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Griffiths In The Plans

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10:18 27th December 2013

Jackett discussing Jacobs future

Head Coach Kenny Jackett has re-affirmed his belief in the ability of Leigh Griffiths – as he mulls over any potential further deal for winger Michael Jacobs.

Griffiths has been named among the substitutes in the last two fixtures, yesterday coming off the bench to deliver his 13th goal of the season in injury time of the 2-0 win against Crewe.

Jackett revealed he shuffled his pack to bring in some freshness to the ranks, but that the Scottish frontman remains part of his plans heading into Sunday’s game with Leyton Orient and the New Year.

“He’s a big part of things here and we’re looking to improve our striking department if we can.

“Letting Leigh Griffiths go would not improve it.

“He’s very much part of my plans here and you could see yesterday, however I decide to use him – whether it’s from the start or after everyone has been running around for an hour – he can be a big contributor for us, as he has been so far this season.

“He gave us a good half an hour and was unlucky not to score with the header when the keeper made a really good save.

“After that he worked his goal really well by working the ball onto his left foot as he cut across.

“They (fans) could see that in terms of our side needing a lift in the first 15 minutes of the second half we needed the change.

“I think Ebanks-Landell helped us as well because he got down the line and had an opportunity to score himself.”

Jacobs produced another lively performance on the back of notching his first goal of the loan spell from Derby, heading home Scott Golbourne’s third minute cross.

His loan spell is due to run out after the trip to Gillingham a week today, but Jackett says his future remains a topic for discussion.

“He played very well – as he has done,” said the Head Coach.

“He’s been impressive and playing in the wide open spaces of Molineux does suit him.

“He’s a creative player and he has good energy – he can run and close people down.

“I was looking for him to get a goal and now he has one, he’s capable of scoring.

“He’s on loan with us to January 3 and I do like the player.

“We’ll see. It’s something we’ve talked about internally and we’ll see as we go into the New Year.

“He’s a player I’ve been impressed with and I think at 22, he’s got a good base of experience – he’s played nearly 160 games – which is a really good platform to move forward in his career.

“We haven’t spoken to Derby yet so I don’t know – the agreement is only to January 3 so there’s nothing set up and there haven’t been any discussions as yet.

“But as a coach and as a club, we’ve been impressed by what he’s done and we do like him.”

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