JACK­ETT BACKS HIS NEW STRIK­ERS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Luke Mur­ray

WOLVES boss Kenny Jack­ett has told new striker Leon Clarke to take a leaf out of Nouha Dicko’s book and win the fans over.

Clarke started his ca­reer at Mo­lineux but was of­ten crit­i­cised for a per­ceived lack of work rate.

Since leav­ing in 2007 Clarke has made 16 ca­reer moves, in­clud­ing loan spells, but Jack­ett be­lieves the 28year-old has ma­tured.

Dicko, who spent an un­suc­cess­ful loan spell with Wolves at the end of last sea­son, has im­pressed since join­ing per­ma­nently from Wi­gan and Jack­ett sees sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the two.

“It was tough for Nouha com­ing in at cen­tre for­ward play­ing off the last man af­ter not get­ting much of a chance here last sea­son,” said Jack­ett.

“Yet the sup­port­ers have taken to him very quickly, but that’s only be­cause they’ve seen some very en­cour­ag­ing per­for­mances. I’m sure Leon will be no dif­fer­ent.”

Clarke, who hit 28 goals in 12 months at Coven­try, asked for a trans­fer at the start of Jan­uary but it took three bids for Wolves to get their man.

And Jack­ett, who even­tu­ally forked out £750,000 for Clarke, sees a bright fu­ture for his new strik­ing duo.

“There’s a nat­u­ral com­ple­ment be­tween the two of them,” added Jack­ett, “Leon op­er­ates deeper – he’s very com­fort­able in com­ing short and link­ing the play, but is more of a foot­baller.

“Nouha looks for the ball over the top and in the box. Leon has the abil­ity to get into the box and score, but I also see a very good foot­baller who can con­tinue to keep us play­ing the ball on the floor.

“His strength is re­ally with his back to goal bring­ing peo­ple into play and build­ing con­struc­tive moves that get you up the pitch and into the op­po­si­tion’s box reg­u­larly.

“He’s built up his stamina now from when he was here be­fore. I’d like to see some foot­ball, link play, touch and aware­ness but it needs to be linked with work rate off the ball and scor­ing goals.”

RE­TURN: Leon Clarke

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