Kenny Jackett’s faith in youth is his biggest gamble yet – Have your say

With a nervous keeper behind them (whether it be Carl Ikeme or Emiliano Martinez), the trio will need to realise all the potential they undoubtedly possess if Wolves are to have solid foundations on which to mount a promotion charge.

They have shown in patches that theyre up to the challenge. Doing it for 46 games of rigorous Championship football is another matter altogether, but Jackett believes they can do it and he has earned the right to patience and understanding.

Jed Wallace

Elsewhere, Wolves seemingly decided a like-for-like replacement for Sako was too much of an ask. So they bought three instead.

Sheyi Ojo, Jed Wallace and Nathan Byrne, can all play on either flank, with the latter two adept at playing off a striker.

And all are exciting, young prospects who didnt cost the earth. Ojo on loan, Wallace for £275,000, Byrne for £1m. None are proven Championship performers. Again, a show of faith that needs to be rewarded.

The early glimpses of Ojo and Wallace is that they are good acquisitions, and by all accounts Byrne is too.

On that front – and in bringing in Conor Coady – Wolves’ business has been impressive.

They also admirably rebuffed Norwich’s big-money advances for star striker Benik Afobe, which with Dickos injury becomes even more important.

And they kept hold of Kevin McDonald in the face of interest and bids from Fulham (now how about a new contract?).

In total, seven have come in. And in Sako, Doyle, Clarke, Ricketts, Kuszczak, Jacobs and Stearman, seven first-teamers have left (plus Lee Evans, Liam McAlinden and Zele Ismail on loan).

Wolves have spent around £3.5m. Theyve made just shy of £3m. And saved money on the high wages of Sako, Doyle and Stearman.

Not a huge amount compared to many of their Championship rivals, many of whom have spent far more than Wolves.

What is perhaps most remarkable is the age of the players signed. Wallace, 21, Ojo, 18, Coady, 22, Deslandes, 18, Martinez, 22 and Byrne, 23. Le Fondre being the exception at the comparably veteran age of 28.

If they click, Wolves will possess a vibrant, energetic, enthusiastic group of players hungry for success.

The concern is that Jackett may take too long to find the consistent, winning formula Wolves need to accrue in the coming weeks.

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And without Sako, Stearman and Dicko, the top three in last season’s player of the year vote, do they have the necessary quality in their ranks?

With so many unknown quantities, its hard to predict. But Jacketts gamble on youth is his biggest yet.