Bakary Sako is hoping he is now back to his best after a below-par Christmas and ready to play a key role in the second half of Wolves’ season.
The powerful winger was suffering with a slight hamstring problem over the festive period, but has shaken it off and was one of the shining lights of Friday’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn, particularly with some blistering second half runs.
“I enjoyed the Blackburn game last week and thought we looked very solid,” says the French-born winger.
“That helped us come back to get a point and the way we finished the game we probably deserved to win.
“It was good that we got back into it with a good goal from Roger after a good delivery from Jamie.
“There were two or three games over Christmas when I was struggling a little bit with a slight hamstring problem.
“It was affecting me a bit but I’m feeling good again now and hopefully ready to play my best for the second half of the season.
“And I am still enjoying it here very much.”
Sako was signed by former boss Ståle Solbakken, and while disappointed to see him depart is already enjoying the new era under the recently-appointed Dean Saunders.
And for his part Saunders admitted after the Blackburn match he would pay to see talents like Sako plying his trade.
“It is difficult when a manager leaves and a bit sad but that’s football,” said Sako.
“As a player you just have to accept it and be prepared and ready to work with the new manager.
“He has been very good so far and he wants us to work hard and battle which is probably what is needed now to climb the table.
“It’s nice to hear that he has said good things about me and I know I’ll have to prove myself to him.
“We’ll all have to do that and that can only be good for the team.
“If he likes me then I am happy!
“I just want to do the best I can for the club and continue to enjoy playing for Wolves.
“The competition is still tight in the league but if we could win two or three games in a row we could start to move up the table.”