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13:10 2nd October 2013

Jackett says striker settled

Kenny Jackett believes Leigh Griffiths is now firmly settled and in a good place at Wolves after admitting to some difficult times facing abuse on Twitter.

In an interview published in Scotland at the weekend, Griffiths spoke out about how he felt after abusive tweets were directed towards his children 18 months ago, an issue he has discussed with Wolves' Head Coach.

And Jackett has paid tribute to the work of Head of Football Development and Recruitment Kevin Thelwell who has worked closely with the striker to give him the platform for an impressive start to the season back at Molineux.

“The story appeared in Scotland and what Leigh is talking about is a period some 18 months to two years ago,” said Jackett.

“He has filtered or protected his Twitter account now but he did get criticism or abuse, or his children did through him.

“It did upset him, as it would anybody because they’re only babies.

“So he was very upset and I think that was an understandable reaction.

“Since then he’s blocked certain people so he then can’t necessarily pick that sort of stuff up.

“Maybe because he was new to it all - breaking into the spotlight in an environment where up in Scotland it’s a goldfish bowl.

“The focus and the attention on the clubs up there are considerable and it did upset him.

“I personally can understand it but he’s made great strides in the last two years to handle these situations and that particular article was talking about a time 18 months, two years ago when he received some abuse on Twitter about his children.

“He’s now settled down; he’s happy, he’s focused on his football and he has come through a lot.

“The likes of Kevin Thelwell (head of football development) have helped him a lot and helped him put it into perspective I think.

“It’s settled down for him off the field and it’s crucial because he doesn’t need to have his mind on things that aren’t important.

“He’s settled his life down at the club and Kevin in particular should take a lot of the credit for Leigh Griffiths because through the summer and so far this season, he’s helped him and I’m sure Leigh appreciates it.

“Leigh has come through that period of his life and settled down to be able to be settled into a rhythm and a routine and then concentrate on his job.”

Griffiths has quickly become a fans’ favourite in the early stages of the season, and notched his fifth goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Sheffield United.

“It was a very good run and he’s always a threat like that – he can come up and turn things,” added Jackett.

“I watched the game repeatedly afterwards and he’s just on the edge of being offside – he just threatens the back of that defender and gets himself into good positions.

“He was unlucky with that run where he had a shot blocked, because I think it was handball (from Florent Cuvelier) to block it, but then he clipped it in and Dave Edwards headed in his cross after coming from an offside position.

“But it did show in a couple of moments what Leigh is capable of and you do need people like that around.”

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