JACKETT BACKS HIS NEW STRIKERS
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