Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett today insisted Jake Cassidy can bridge the goals gap.
Cassidy, 20, has so far been restricted to three substitute’s outings in League One this season as he has been forced to wait patiently for an extended chance behind Kevin Doyle, Leigh Griffiths and Bjorn Sigurdarson.
But with Griffiths not certain to make Saturday’s visit of Sheffield United with a swollen ankle and a question mark hanging over Doyle because of a thigh strain, Cassidy has been backed by Jackett to produce the goods.
Cassidy showed his credentials yesterday when he bagged a hat-trick in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Saturday’s opponents Sheffield United at Compton, fellow young striker Liam McAlinden scoring the other.
“Both Doyle and Bjorn are in my thoughts and if we want to do well this season then we’re going to need three strikers fit,” said Jackett.
“Generally I’ve played two of Doyle, Griffiths and Sigurdarson and brought the other off the bench.
“We won’t risk Kevin though – we’ll see how he is tomorrow or Friday.
“But I was pleased with Jake when he came off the bench on Saturday – he played well.
“He has a goalscoring record at this level and he hasn’t had a chance yet.
“He’s regularly been a substitute but not had many minutes so if we do dry up, there’s people behind those three as well.
“We have four strikers and if we can get five, fine.
“Liam McAlinden’s in that fifth slot at present, so if I can have them, and a strong bench, that would be my preference.”