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Strike A Chance


11:25 23rd January 2014

Jackett on McAlinden/Sigurdarson

Kenny Jackett believes Liam McAlinden has it within his potential to make a sustained first team push – while he hasn’t closed the door on Bjorn Sigurdarson.

Goals from the striking area has been an area the Head Coach has been looking to improve, with new signing Nouha Dicko joining Kevin Doyle, Leigh Griffiths, McAlinden and Sigurdarson in a department now shorn of Jake Cassidy, on loan with Tranmere.

Places are up for grabs and McAlinden impressed when coming off the bench in the latter stages of the most recent game – the 2-0 win against Preston.

Jackett says:  “These things can constantly change but I did think coming off the bench he (McAlinden) has done well and shown some pace.

“He’s quick and you can see defenders are aware of him and aware if they get side-to-side he might run away from them.

“He’s got the knack of finishing when he gets in on goal, particularly on his left foot in the inside-left channel where he gets most of his goals.

“I’ve been pleased with his development and it will be interesting now to see if he can finish this season off strongly and put his name in the frame to try to get what he wants which is a regular first-team shirt.”

And while Sigurdarson hasn’t figured for Wolves since starting the game at Rotherham on December 20th, Jackett says the door is always open for players to force their way back into his plans.

“Bjorn is a really good professional,” he said.

“He trains hard all the time and if I feel it’s right to select him, I will but I haven’t done that of late.

“His last opportunity was Rotherham away and since then I haven’t picked him.

“That’s my choice but I wouldn’t close the door on him or any player.

“He’s available to play, he’s not necessarily available for transfer.

“It’s a situation where if the phone rang, we’d deal with it then.”

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