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Zeli's Potential


11:30 25th September 2013

Jackett's challenge for Ismail

Kenny Jackett has challenged Zeli Ismail to use his pace and skill to get past defenders as the winger settles in to his first senior run.

Ismail, 19, has made seven appearances so far, his first sustained spell of football in the first team,

And Jackett is keen for the winger to make use of his qualities and build on his early impression.

“I think he can play better (than against Shrewsbury) – I think he was quite safe on the ball,” said Jackett.

“He has the flair to go past people and put crosses in.

“That’s the hardest part of the game – it’s tough to continually go past people, create and make things happen, but it’s a flair he has though and he’ll learn from it, and go again.

“I have talked to Zeli quite a lot about his overall situation and his game.

“I felt after the game that in situations in their half and in the final third, he’s quick enough to go past people and he needs to be more direct with his play because there are a lot of times when he doesn’t need the trick to go past someone.

“He’s quick enough and he’s genuinely two-footed – he can keep opponents guessing because he can go either way.

“So for him to be more direct about his play and go at people when he gets the ball, is something we’ve talked about him doing.

“For me, when we get him into a wide area, he can go past someone, put the cross in, or someone can put the shot in.

“There are many times when he doesn’t need a trick to do that – he’s quick enough and direct enough to be able to get straight to that.”

With Leigh Griffiths back in training the only doubt in the striking department for Saturday’s visit of Sheffield United is Kevin Doyle, who has a thigh injury.

In an ideal world Jackett would like all his strikers fit and available believing he will need them all during a long and challenging season.

“I was pleased with Jake Cassidy when he came off the bench on Saturday – I thought he played well,” added Jackett.

“We have four strikers and if we can get five, fine.

“We have Liam McAlinden in that fifth slot at present, so if I can have them all, and have a strong bench, that would be my preference.

“But we won’t risk Kevin (Doyle) either – we’ll see how he is round about Thursday or Friday.”

*Jake Cassidy struck a hat trick as a Wolves side including several senior players beat Sheffield United 4-0 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Compton yesterday.

Liam McAlinden was also on target in a game in which Kevin Foley and Richard Stearman were amongst the seniors picking up valuable match practice.

WOLVES: McCarey, Foley, Cranston, Stearman, Iorfa, Ebanks-Landell, Forde, Evans, Cassidy, McAlinden, Price.  USED SUBS: Kostrna, Jakobsson, Bancessi, Whittall.


 *Hospitality Packages are still available to purchase for the Sheffield United fixture from £48 inc VAT. Packages include on site car parking, padded seats, matchday programmes, a complimentary drink plus much more. Hospitality sales will close on Thursday at 5pm. For more information or to book, please email call 0871 222 2220 (option 4) or visit





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