Head Coach Kenny Jackett was pleased to see Wolves win his first game in charge in Wednesday’s friendly against East Fife – which offered plenty of food for thought on his future plans.
The 3-2 win at the Bayview Stadium included several promising performances from some of the club’s younger talents who are aiming to force their way into Jackett’s plans this season.
“I found it an interesting game,” he said.
“We felt our way into the game and probably created more in the second half than the first.
“Almost everyone played 45 minutes and I thought some of the younger players just coming in and looking to make their way into the first team were very interesting in the second half.
“Whatever you say it’s always nice to win – that can only be a good thing.
“And I learned an awful lot from the game.
“The gap between the senior professionals and the younger ones is close.
“There were some good performances, particularly from the younger players, and that is good for competition.
“It’s just a case of looking at different partnerships and it’s still early days.
“Once we’ve looked at that the team has got to form pretty quickly and once we get into Saturday-Tuesday it’s got to start settling down and finding a pattern.
“As we work through these games and the team evolves the pattern of play, formation, and consistency of team selection has to settle down to give people the best opportunity to work together .
“We know that from the Brighton game to the Preston game there will be quite a number of changes, and we want to get to that situation very quickly.”
Leigh Griffiths marked his return to Wolves after a successful loan spell with Hibernian by scoring with his first touch, and Jackett was impressed by the striker’s initial impact.
“It’s the first 45 minutes I’ve seen of Leigh Griffiths and he was very bright,” said the Head Coach.
“He certainly looks like he’s got some quality and it’s always nice to score a goal.
“It’s the first time he’s pulled on a Wolves shirt this season and to get a goal will set him on his way.
“He’s bright and he’s quick and has got an eye for a goal.
“It’s going to be interesting for us now to see how he develops.”
Jackett praised the attitude of Bakary Sako who has been the subject of plenty of speculation regarding his future.
The winger was a lively presence during the first half but Jackett said there was no news on his position, nor the quartet of players made available for transfer.
“Sako did very well tonight and his attitude has been very good,” he explained.
“There are still six weeks until the window shuts and we will just have to see what happens.
“He has worked very hard in pre-season and has been a credit professionally.
“It’s all very quiet at the moment.
“We’ve been up in Scotland working hard but in terms of transfers out it’s been very quiet.
“Nothing has happened with either ins or outs at present.”
But Jackett remains keen on revitalising the squad in the aim of a successful season.
“We want to aim for promotion,” he said.
“A lot of people in Wolverhampton are hurting with recent disappointments and it is important that we now sort things out very quickly.
“It does need a new focus and a new, young and vibrant team and in terms of the turnover it has to be quick and we have to use this pre-season very constructively.
“I have only brought one player in so far and that is Sam Ricketts as captain who performed very well tonight.
“I will continue to assess some possibilities for us but there is also the core of a good group here already.
“We are looking to move players out but players coming in doesn’t necessarily depend on that.”