Why Kenny Jackett deserves more praise for the job he has done at Wolves

Molineux - Wolves - Billy Wright Stand

Wolverhampton Wanderers have quietly risen to joint-top of the Championship.

"You're not fit to wear the shirt" rang out around the away end, as Wolverhampton Wanderers meekly surrendered their Championship status. 

The side had fallen to another defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion confirming a drop to the third-tier and back-to-back relegations.

It had been a terrible slide for a side which such a sizeable backing and so much quality available to them.

Wolves had been playing in the Championship with highly-paid professionals and a number of international stars, but they failed to impress.

An apathy had grown within the squad and their alarmingly rapid fall from grace was well documented.

However, fast-forward 17 months and Wolves are back. The side have quietly crept to joint-top of the Championship, and a return to the Premier League does not look off the cards.

After demolishing League One last season, the Midlands club have continued their momentum and appear one of the strongest sides in the second-tier.

Guided by Kenny Jackett, who has done a brilliant job after taking over at a difficult time for the club, Wolves have shown they can match their potent front-line with a sturdy defence and they are thriving with the structure their manager has put in place.

Just looking at the stats, it is highlighted how the club have had so much success. Jackett has ensured that Wolves dictate the pace of the game and they have completed the most passes out of any team in the second-tier. 

  PassesShotsGoalsOpponent GoalsAppearances
Wolves 7178 210 21 15 14
Derby 7052 194 24 12 14
Bournemouth 6828 219 28 14 14
Brighton 6740 239 13 16 14
Norwich 6729 252 22 12 14

It shows that they are playing an aesthetically pleasing brand of football, whilst also picking up points and Jackett deserves huge credit for this. 

The challenge for the team will be to continue this fine form now, but the job which Jackett has done has been very impressive and he deserves more attention than he has got so far during his time in-charge at Molineux.

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