Chances with Wolves

Gaffer's confidence in Mason

Joe Mason not have hit the target in Wolves’ recent fixtures, but Head Coach Kenny Jackett has been encouraged by the striker’s ability to get on the end of some decent chances.

Mason has been in and out of the team since starting his Wolves career with two goals in two games, but has gone close on several occasions since coming off the bench at Leeds and starting Saturday’s draw with Rotherham.

Wolves’ Head Coach has seen positive signs, and believes Mason will be even more effective if paired with a powerful frontman.

“Mason had our best chances, which I was quite encouraged by,” said Jackett.

“He’s had a very good chance against Leeds to make it 2-2 and he’s had chances on Saturday.

“I’m encouraged by that, I know that players who do get chances score goals.

“He hits the target, he keeps the ball low, he generally with either foot hits it one-touch – they are the characteristics of a goalscorer.

“He does need a strong partner – you need to play 4-4-2 and he needs a strong partner.

“But overall I’m encouraged by the fact he gets chances.”

Could Mason then link up positively with Nouha Dicko when he returns from injury next season?

“Dicko is certainly physically strong,” added Jackett.

“I feel for Joe – he needs some power around him, whichever way you play him.

“I’ve said that as a comment, but yes, I do feel for Joe, he does need some strength and some power around him.

“I also feel that for players that can get chances, they get goals, and he could go on a run.”

Much of Wolves’ creative promise at the weekend came from Mason and James Henry, and Jackett believes the latter is in a position now to make the most of his ability and experience.

“It bodes well for the future that James has come back (from injury) and played well,” he explained.

“Creatively he’s good, he’s at a good age, and there are good times ahead for him I think.

“He’s a strong player for us and I’m encouraged by him.

“There was one ball through to Mason that was an excellent defence-splitting pass, and a lot of quality.”