Wolverhampton Wanderers have made a positive start to life back in the Championship having won the League One title at a canter last term, with Kenny Jackett's men picking up 19 points from the first 11 games of the season.
Saturday's 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic was a disappointment having seen midfielder Dave Edwards hand Wolves the lead, but goals from James Perch and Marc-Antoine Fortune were cancelled out in the second half as Bakary Sako once again underlined his class with a well taken equaliser.
Sako, 26, joined Wolves from Saint-Etienne back in 2012 for £2.2m, and has been nothing short of a revelation ever since. The Malian international has now hit 28 goals in 93 games following that strike against the Latics at the weekend, and Premier League clubs are believed to be watching his progress ahead of a potential January move for the winger.
However, manager Jackett stated after Saturday's game that he believes that Wolves will be able to keep hold of their prized asset, and the other goalscorer against Wigan, the aforementioned Edwards, says that the club need to win promotion back to the top flight in order to make absolutely sure that he stays.
“We’re lucky to have him and hopefully we can go up to the Premier League together so the club hasn’t got a decision to make on his contract," said the Welsh international. "But I’m sure the club are doing all they can to keep him. It’s up to Sako and the club to see what happens but it will definitely make it easier to keep him if we’re in the Premier League next season.
"Hopefully that’s something we can achieve. He’s a Premier League player – everyone at the club knows that because he’s got so much ability. The season we got relegated he was our best player and then last season his goals and assists were there for all to see, as they are this year."
"He’s a key player because even if he’s having a bad game, he can produce that moment of quality. He did it on Wednesday and Saturday to try to get us back into the game. He’s a very good professional and he’s got that quality you really need in this league – he’s one of those who’s going to give his all," he added.