Why Bakary Sako is key to Wolves’ play-off bid

Benik Afobe has hit the ground running at Wolves, but the key to their play-off push comes in the form of a skilful yet powerful winger.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have been in and around the Championship play-off picture all season but are looking to time their spurt to perfection.

After a tough period in November which saw them lose five consecutive games, Kenny Jackett’s men have recovered and are right in the mix as they look for back-to-back promotions.

Their latest victory, at home to play-off rivals Derby County, saw them move to within two points of the play-off places. With eight teams separated by eight points with just seven games to go, victories such as this one are priceless.

January acquisition Benik Afobe has been excellent since his arrival, scoring eight league goals already, but it is Bakary Sako who has become vital to Wolves’ aspirations of returning to the Premier League.

Sako’s power and creativity from deep positions of the pitch have been causing Championship defences all sorts of problems.

He is a prolific dribbler, who is extremely direct and has shown throughout the year that he has an end product too.

Sako has won 60% of his attempted take-ons and his total of 88 dribbles completed is only bettered by Michail Antonio (90) of Nottingham Forest.

His direct style is very tough to defend against, and when you take into account his record of 12 goals and 48 chances created, it is not hard to work out that he is crucial to Wolves.

With just three defeats in their last 19 league games, Wolves are hitting form at exactly the right time and are waiting in the wings for any slip-ups from the sides directly above them

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