Michael Jacobs today set his sights on winning a place in the Wolves side and adding some more creativity to the squad after completing his loan move from Derby County.
The versatile midfielder arrives at Molineux at a time when the club’s first choice wingers Bakary Sako and James Henry are in fine form, but he is ready for the test as he looks for regular football between now and January 2.
“I’m really looking forward to the loan move,” he said.
“The boys are flying here at the moment and I think it will be a good opportunity for me to play some football and help the team get some results and push for promotion.
“But I know I am going to have to work very hard to show what I can do even to get a chance.
“Both of the wide players are also doing very well, creating goals, scoring goals and winning games so it is up to me to show the gaffer what I can do in training and then when I come on or start a game.
“The gaffer seems a good guy and has kept an eye on my progress over the last few years and how I have developed.
“I am looking forward to working with him.”
Whilst always having been happy at Derby, the quality of options in the Rams’ midfield has limited Jacobs’ opportunities so far this season, hence the decision to make the temporary move.
Kenny Jackett has kept an eye on the winger’s progress right through from his Northampton days, and was interested during his spell as Millwall manager, and will now get the chance to work with the 22-year-old.
Jacobs added: “I heard a few weeks ago that there was some interest from Wolves but it wasn’t the right time for Derby.
“With some injured players back now it’s worked out pretty well that I can come and try and play some football.
“It has been a bit frustrating for me over the last six to eight months as I played quite a few games last season.
“This year it hasn’t really worked out as I’d have wanted it to and this is a good opportunity for me to come in and try and showcase what I can do.
“Derby is a very good club but there is a lot of talent in the midfield areas which has limited my chances so it will be nice to come here and hopefully get some games.
“I just want to play as much as possible and hopefully get some wins and be part of a squad challenging at the top of the table
“There are some good lads here and a good atmosphere around the place and Wolves is a good club.
“They have made me feel welcome and helped me settle in and it is a good place to be.”
Jacobs, despite being only 22, has over 150 career appearances under his belt already and checks in at Wolves with experience to go alongside his undoubted quality.
And having come through the ranks at Northampton – where he worked with Wolves Academy coach Sean Parrish – he has no qualms about dropping down a division.
“When you come here and see the facilities and the size of the club it doesn’t feel like you are dropping down a division and League One is still a good standard,” he says.
“I want to be playing Championship football but I’m here at Wolves who are a club looking to get back there.
“I’ve played in League Two before Northampton and just see this as a new challenge.
“I have played a lot of games in my career for a fairly young age so hopefully that experience will stand me in good stead.”
Goals and creating goals is a key part of Jacobs game, as he adds: “It would be nice to pop up with a spectacular goal or two but I wouldn’t mind a few tap-ins!
“I do like to play with flair and creativity and try and make things happen and entertain the fans.
“Scoring goals is great but I also want to create goals for the team.
“I’ve gone straight into training and with a week’s work under my belt will certainly be ready and available for Notts County on Saturday.”
And what of once again bumping into Parrish, who helped hone his talents at Sixfields?
“Sean is a top man who looked after me as a player in the Northampton youth team and gave me the platform to go on and play professional football,” says Jacobs.
“When I was 17 and 18 he really helped my career and I owe a lot to him for that.
"Having said that I've seen him here already and he's started again with his dodgy jokes so I'll probably be trying to stay away from him!"