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11:35 14th January 2014

Jackett still keen to add

Kenny Jackett has revealed he would still like to bring in another striker or attacking midfielder as he continues to focus on increasing competition through the spine of his squad.

Yesterday’s arrival of striker Nouha Dicko came hot on the heels of wingers James Henry and Michael Jacobs seeing their loans become permanent deals, but Wolves’ Head Coach is not ruling out further incoming activity.

And whilst generally happy with the wide options within the squad, it is down the middle that Jackett is most keen to strengthen.

“We are still looking to strengthen, and the spine of the team is a priority,” he says.

“I wouldn’t say that we’ve got another player we are talking to or making bids for at present.

“But Kevin Thelwell and Stuart Webber will be working hard to try and improve the squad.

“Whether it’s a central striker or a deep lying centre forward or attacking midfielder – perhaps somebody around that area that would be a complement who can link the play or come towards the ball – that is something we are looking at.

“It’s about making sure we are as strong as we possibly can be through the middle of the pitch because that spine is constantly on my mind as being very important.

“Our potential for crosses is very good and our quality out wide and the players we have got coming through in those areas are good.

“For me in this window the spine of the team is something we need to constantly look at and make sure we have got enough competition, whether it’s a striker up there or somebody slightly deeper as an attacking midfield player.

“Both Dave Edwards and Lee Evans played it well on Saturday and a couple of times I have used Michael Jacobs just behind the striker as well.”

On his loan spell with Wolves at the back end of last season new signing Dicko was used as a wide player but during his recent temporary stay with Rotherham he scored six goals from six games as a central striker.

And it’s there that Jackett is keen to utilise the French-born 21-year-old, who he believes can bring a “new dimension” to the Wolves squad.

“I think Nouha is definitely a central striker,” said the Head Coach.

“Like the type of player he is, he has played wide right at different periods of his career.

“But I see him as a central striker in terms of an addition for us.

“What I find interesting is that he gets the majority of his goals in and around the box which is a good habit to be in because currently we are flashing quite a lot of balls across the area.

“We have some good widemen and unless things change and we have injuries he is not someone I am going to consider for the wide positions.

“He can put the loan spells he has had to good use and we as a club can work with him, make him feel wanted, give him a home and back him.

“I can see him bringing a different dimension to us – we haven’t got a player like him who can get in behind defenders.

“And while our football is very good at times, his sheer pace causes problems that at the moment we don’t bring.”

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