Nouha Dicko today hailed Wolves winger Bakary Sako as the best wideman in the Championship and claimed their promotion hopes hinge on keeping him.
Sako’s brace on Saturday helped see off Blackburn in a 3-1 win as Wolves climbed to third in the Championship on the back of their fourth victory in five games.
The Mali winger is Wolves’ top scorer with three goals so far and he made the other for Dicko at the weekend.
And Dicko believes his team-mate is the best at this level.
“He’s really important and a great player for the team,” said Dicko. “He’s maybe the best player we’ve got.
“On the wing I don’t see any better players than him in the Championship to be really honest.
“I hope he can carry on doing really well for us because he’s a brilliant talent.
“I think he’s a great player and if we keep him, we have a really good chance of doing well this season.”
Sako is into the last year of his contract and there are no plans to reward him with a new one with both parties waiting to see which division Wolves will be in.
Leicester have been linked again with Sako but with the transfer deadline at 11pm tonight, it looks as if Wolves are set to keep him.
“I’m sure they’re already looking at his contract but it’s between him and the club to see about that, and if he stays it’s good for everybody,” said Dicko.
“But if he doesn’t and he goes at the end of the season, I still think he’ll have done a good job here because he stayed when we were in League One when some players preferred to go.
“If at the end of his contract he has to go, everyone will wish him the best because he’s been great for the club.”
Dicko, meanwhile, insists he was always confident of scoring goals in the Championship after getting off the mark in the league at the weekend.
“I always believed I could score in the Championship because I’ve done it before,” he said.
“I could have scored one or two more if the luck was with me.
“But I have to keep working and the goals will come.
“Even if I haven’t scored much, I’ve played well and Saturday was one of the best performances from me and the team.”