Date: 1st July 2015 at 8:49am
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Bakery Sako is no longer a Wolves player with his contract having expired on 30th June and Wolves will need to compensate for his absence in 2015/16 and also find the necessary improvement to move on from finishing 7th last season to being a promotion team.

Sako is the one success story from the extravagant spending spree of manager Stale Solbakken who was given £13m to build his own team and took the team towards relegation from the Championship. One wonders what current manager Kenny Jackett might achieve if he were given such a transfer budget.

Since joining the club Sako has regularly looked the most likely player in the team to make things happen in the final third. Consistent he isn’t, but a match winner he is, and if you add together his goals and assists for the club over the last three seasons he is close to a goal every other game.

Anyone that offers that kind of contribution will be missed and Wokves have a challenge to build a promotion team without him. At the moment the only addition to help that progress is the signing of the promising Jed Wallace from League Two Portsmouth. The only players at the club who could be seen as a like for like replacement for Sako are Razak Boukari and Jordan Graham.

The former has been very injury prone and has only made 4 appearances for Wolves in his 3 years at the club. He actually missed large chunks of the last two seasons he spent with Rennes due to injury also. So he has played only around 50 times in the last 5 years. A big ask then for him now to remain fit and to still be a decent player.

Graham joined Wolves from Villa in 2014. He never played for Villa and has yet to play for Wolves and his only league experience is a couple of games for Ipswich and one for Bradford on loan deals. So although he is expected to join the first team squad this season, it would be a big ask for him to become a regular in the team

So Wolves probably need to bring someone in this summer either as a direct left wing replacement or to strengthen the midfield or front line generally and then move away from playing with two wide men. Either way it makes the transfer window a key one for Wolves who without Sako might find creating chances a challenge without the mercurial winger.