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Kenny Jackett: Sheyi Ojo can be the new Bakary Sako

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Boss Kenny Jackett reckons teenage wing wizard Sheyi Ojo has the potential to fill the void left by Bakary Sako at Wolves.


The head coach has been encouraged by the progress the 18-year-old Liverpool wideman has made since arriving at Molineux on a season-long loan in the summer.

And he reckons Ojo, a naturally wide left player, has the ability to be a regular in the position once occupied by Sako, who left Wolves in the summer on a free transfer.

"That is his aim," said Jackett. "If he does that it means he will be doing well.

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"I would be happy with that. It has to be his aim but he will be pleased with what he has done so far and happy with the game time he has got and the effect he has had."

Sako, who joined Wolves in 2012, scored 36 goals in 118 league games before moving to the Premier League with Crystal Palace when his contract expired.

Ojo has been limited to just three starts since his arrival but has scored two goals and impressed in last month's 3-0 win at Fulham.

"I think he has made an impact since he has been here," he said. "The early cup games he played in and then coming off the bench have been big features.

Sheyi Ojo of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-2.

"He has also had starts against good sides, with the first two of those, Cardiff and Brighton, being pretty difficult. I am pleased he is here and can affect games.

"He is a natural wide-left player with good pace and I just feel he is going to continue to improve over the course of the season.

"He will want to be in a position where he is starting on a regular basis. He has seen plenty of game time so far and has deserved that."

Ojo is one of several young players in the squad who Jackett expects to improve as the season progresses.

"You get enthusiasm and you get dedication from young players," he said. "That is a big thing. For them to fulfil their potential and to play to their capacity is always my job as head coach. For quite a number of the players, that ceiling is high."