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Kenny Jackett wants new leaders ahead of uncertain summer

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Wolves boss Kenny Jackett admits summer spending is a 'grey area' – and has challenged his young players to come through and lead the club.

Jackett takes his team into Sunday's derby looking to keep Wolves' season alive.

But looking to the future he wants the likes of Matt Doherty, Danny Batth, Jack Price and Ethan Ebanks-Landell, all aged between 23 and 25, to show leadership, which has at times been lacking this season.

"There is, in terms of what we're spending, how we're developing the squad, what players we're bringing in, a grey area for the summer," he said.

"It would be great if that was clear, but it isn't because the club is up for sale, that's a fact.

"These guys are at a good age, they're not too young.

"Their test is to come through now and lead the club. And the reason they're leading the club is they are the current players.

"For them their test is to show that leadership. One way is through ability, how you effect other people, and then your own personal standards – those three things define leadership.

"We need that crop, those lads of that age, to come through and, with those qualities, lead the club and finish the season off very strongly.

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"If this is the worst that we are (this season) then that's not too bad a thing.

"What we have to do is assess accurately to see what strengths we have, then build on that."

Wolves have won their last two home games against Derby and Bristol City, a statistic Jackett wants his side to build on with his forward options increased after the return of Michal Zyro.

"We certainly hope we can build some momentum," he added.

"We have to be careful with Michal because he picked up a calf strain pretty quickly – we don't want that to happen again."

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