Gaffer on Mason and Sigurdarson
Kenny Jackett believes both Bjorn Sigurdarson and Joe Mason have the potential to make a Wolves impact between now and the end of the season.
Sigurdarson has shown plenty of energy and drive since returning to the side in the New Year following long-term injury, but has found chances hard to come by and is yet to score.
Mason has netted twice since arriving from Cardiff City in January, but is yet to enjoy a regular run in the side as Jackett looks for the right formation to suit his abilities.
“Bjorn’s next test now is adding goals,” said the Head Coach.
“I’ve been pleased overall that he’s been able to have a run after a lot of injuries that he’s had.
“He’s been able to drive right through for 90 minutes as well which has been good, and he’s been a handful for the opposition, physically.
“He will need (goals) to maintain his confidence as well.
“But physically he’s done very well, been able to put pressure on defenders and at the right time hold it up.
“He’s contributed very well to some wins without getting the goals that he and us would love.
“He wants to stay fit and keep improving. You’re still only talking about a player that’s 25. “He has some attributes and it would be great if he could do that and really make the breakthrough with us.
“His best years are, like the majority of our boys playing, ahead of him.
“It’d be great if he could put those injuries behind him and find top goalscoring form - I see a lot in the player.”
Sigurdarson will be hoping to keep his place for Saturday’s trip to table-topping Burnley (3pm), whilst fellow striker Mason will be looking to force his way in.
"I envisaged Joe coming in and being able to play all of the time,” says Jackett.
“It hasn’t worked that way, and I don’t think I've found the right combination around him all of the time.
"Also, certainly on two occasions, he’s been effective coming off the bench for us as well.
"Do we want to work towards him being in the team? Yes we do.
"It's very much been a tactical thing.
"He will need some power around him.
“Options around Bjorn Sigurdarson, options around Michal Zyro, he’ll need a player of that ilk and power around him to get the goals that he’s showed he can get.
"It’s more of a variation of 4-4-2 (that I see him playing in).
“It depends on players but I feel he needs some support around him and some physical support around him, that’s where he plays best.
"We have two of that mould in Sigurdarson and Zyro, and have been waiting for Zyro with his injury.
"But for Mason coming off the bench he’s shown he can score goals, he has some ability in terms of touch and has been unlucky not to add to his goals as well.
"We’re working hard to get people back fit and be able to combine with him to bring out the best in everybody, not just Joe Mason."