Kenny Jackett has got a genuine “three into two” dilemma tomorrow – and is still keeping everyone guessing as to how he will resolve it.
Kevin Doyle, for whom the transfer market remains worryingly quiet, Leigh Griffiths and Bjorn Sigurdarson will all feel they have mounted a case for inclusion against Port Vale.
Unless the head coach opts for a radical line-up which might include all three, one will have to start the game on the substitutes’ bench.
Despite his goal against Crawley last week, previous selections suggest Sigurdarson is currently last in the queue.
The Iceland international, who opted for Wolves last summer not imagining he would begin this season as a League One player, has knuckled down without complaint.
He made a favourable impression with supporters despite the Championship relegation, many of whom share the view he expressed this week that a central striking position was his target for this campaign.
But Jackett is happy to accommodate the queue for a place “up top” and even relishes the day when it will be longer.
He says: “I would want more than three strikers for two positions. Jake Cassidy and Liam McAlinden haven’t been getting as much game time as ideally you might like.
“They (Doyle, Griffiths and Sigurdarson) are the players who have been picked so far, but we’re going to need a group in the squad. Whether it’s three good forwards or five, we’re going to need every one of them.
“I was really pleased Siggy got his goal last week, it was a good reward for him and hopefully he can build on that.
“Even last season he showed a lot of promise for the future...he can build with us, he can develop.
“But I will pick a team that I think can win a game, in this case at Port Vale. I think there has to be a degree of consistency in your team selection and in what you are asking players to do within the system you play. When you make changes, they should be ‘like for like’ so people are comfortable with what is being asked of them.”
What will be asked of Wolves tomorrow will be a rebuttal of the revved-up attacking ambition Jackett expects Vale to throw at his side to begin with before his own team start to pose their own questions.
The focus on Doyle will be inevitable as this could, theoretically, be his last game for the club. That would require some dramatic developments over the weekend because, as of yesterday, Jackett insisted there was no active interest in the 29-year-old striker. Whether that changes as the transfer window begins closing remains to be seen, but Doyle’s presence in League One football is acknowledged as a major bonus for Wolves. Especially by the opposition.
“He set up the first goal last Friday and he seems to cover every blade of grass,” said Vale assistant manager Mark Grew.
“He probably does too much outside the box and that’s why he isn’t getting the goals that he wants. He’s a handful for anybody and he’s a credit.
“They have also got the likes of Bjorn Sigudarson and Leigh Griffiths who can score goals and Bakary Sako looks a threat from set-pieces and when he runs at you.”
Despite his Albion antecedents as a former Hawthorns keeper, Drew is yet another Wolves fan in the opposition camp tomorrow who admits the relish Vale hold for this contest has been coursing through the club all week.
He said: “We went to Wolves on Friday night, myself and the gaffer. They won 2-1 and everybody said they were fortunate, which they were.
“But you will look at that result in a couple of months’ time and it says a 2-1 win.
“They got another three points on the board and that is what they wanted.
“They know they can play better than that. We know they can play better than that.
“I followed them home and away as a kid and their fans have always been the same. Whether they are at the top of the league or the bottom, they stand by their team.
“As soon as they beat Crawley on Friday night, we knew it was going to be a sell-out in their end.”