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Kenny On Striker Speculation

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13:13 15th January 2014

Dicko to enhance not replace.

Head coach Kenny Jackett has played down speculation of a possible move away from Molineux for Leigh Griffiths.

The signing of Nouha Dicko has heightened suggestions that the 13 goal Scottish striker might be moving on to Celtic but Kenny is keen to stress that the new signing from Wigan has been brought in to enhance the striking department rather than to replace someone.

He says: “There has been no enquiry or bid or any contact from Celtic to Jez Moxey, Kevin Thelwell or myself at any level.

“We speak to Leigh’s agent to pretty regularly and he hasn’t mentioned anything.

“At present I’d suggest it’s all media speculation.

“Whether that builds up towards the end of the window and that changes, I don’t know.

“But I can only speak for where we are now and we’ve had no approach or enquiry for that player.

 “It’s still the case (that we want to keep him) but I know people will be looking and players will be looking at every club to see who teams bring in.

“The players here will follow it closely to see who is brought in and then watch as the weeks go by to see where they are in the pecking order – whether they’re in or out, on the fringes or whether a player has come in to replace them or breathe down their neck.

“It’s a situation where I’m sure all of our players will be looking to see who we bring in."

Jackett continued:  "What I’d say about Dicko is he’s a complement to what we’ve got because I haven’t got a player with that type of pace on the back line to be able to slide down the sides of teams.

“Dave Edwards did it on Saturday from midfield – he did it three times in the first half.

“Sometimes if you can’t get your strikers to do that, you have to pull the centre-halves around and then get a midfielder to run into the space.

“Will it leave us with too many forwards if we bring too many in?

“Possibly yes, but we also have young forwards who it won’t do any harm at present to allow them out on loan and let them gain more experience.

“In that way we’re in quite a good situation because everyone is looking for forwards in January.

“There’s a market for all the other positions and then there’s another market for centre forwards, that’s the way scouting always is.

“In terms of the players we have, we’ll see where we are at the end of the window, which is three weeks away.

“If we need to adjust in terms of players going out then we’ll do that.

“But that’s not our concentration at the moment.”

There was some good news for Kenny ahead of Saturday’s trip to Crawley with Matt Doherty coming through a trouble free run out with the development squad in their 4-1 friendly victory against the Nike Academy at the FA’s St George’s headquarters near Burton.  

Whether he will be considered for the weekend remains to be seen, but Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Jack Price are getting ever nearer with their recoveries from knee injuries.

The gaffer added: “Both Ebanks-Landell and Price are there or thereabouts for this weekend.

“It’s a quick turnaround for both of them.

“Landell is slightly ahead of Price as I think he will be ready for this week, but if it’s not this Saturday for Jack, it will be the weekend after.

“They’re both good players and both good characters and enthusiastic in the group.

“Edwards came off with a slight calf strain on Saturday but he’ll be fine.” 

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