Stale Solbalkken today warned Wolves’ “explosive” players need to be cut some slack if they are to carry on producing the goods.
Wolves go to Peterborough tomorrow seeking their third successive league win for the first time since April 2009 after seeing off Leicester and Ipswich this week.
Much of the transitional team’s success has come from the impact of new-boys Bakary Sako and Tongo Doumbia, while fellow summer signings Razak Boukari and Bjorn Sigurdarson made their Championship debuts at Portman Road on Wednesday.
Boss Solbakken made three changes for the 2-0 victory at Ipswich as Doumbia came off the bench to score the second goal, while Sako has set up Wolves’ last three goals after scoring twice in his first two matches.
Supporters have questioned the workrate of wingers Sako and Boukari, but Solbakken believes fans maybe need to accept some tracking back might have to be sacrificed if the team is to maximise its attacking strength, especially with a period of three games in a week.
“It’s always a discussion about having a fresh team without changing too much so the rhythm isn’t lost,” said Solbakken.
“But sometimes you have an extra concern for explosive players who need to be sharp.
“Maybe Sigurdarson, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Razak, Slawomir Peszko, Sako and Tongo because of his deep runs, and Anthony Forde aren’t as effective if they don’t have this explosiveness.
“If you want these guys to do extra going forward, sometimes they need breathing space and we have to re-organise.”
Solbakken also believes fans should be patient as the new players try to settle.
“You should remember they’re young boys. Tongo has a lot of family in Paris which is different to Wolverhampton. Culture is a part of it.”