Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths was today told to keep his petulant streak – because it shows he cares.
The four-goal top scorer is sweating on his place for tomorrow’s derby at Shrewsbury after being rested for Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat against Walsall.
Griffiths came off the bench late on but couldn’t inspire the comeback head coach Kenny Jackett was looking for.
When he came off in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Swindon, Griffiths kicked a water bottle, while in midweek he goaded the crowd into urging the team on before trying an audacious but wayward Robin van Persie-style over-the-shoulder effort.
Jackett wants the 23-year-old to keep the colourful elements of his character.
“He’s learning all the time but what he has in him is good because he wants to play, he’s competitive and he does settle down,” he said. “He had three really good chances in that Swindon game which he would usually finish very well. He came off and kicked the water bottle. The guy who came on for him – Bjorn Sigurdarson – played a one-two, and crossed to the other sub, Kevin Foley, and they got the third goal.
“When we scored, Leigh was jumping off the bench with the rest of the side, players and staff.
“It made it 3-1 and he was very pleased. That combination of those substitutes got us over the line. I was disappointed on Tuesday that when the reverse happened and Leigh came on, we couldn’t get back in it.”
Jackett added: “I’ve spoken to Leigh a lot. He came back from international duty with a slight groin strain which cost him a day’s training or two. He’s 100 per cent fit now and one of a number of strikers looking to get the goals if we can to help us maintain the pace.
“But he was still a threat and when you have players like that, when it does click, they will score.”