Kenny Jackett names the two Wolverhampton Wanderers players he wanted to build his team around

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Wolverhampton Wanderers' season has not gone according to plan so far.

Kenny Jackett has admitted to Wolverhampton Wanderers’ official site that the two players he was planning on building his team around this season are no longer available.

Jackett had formulated a strategy which heavily involved Nouha Dicko and Benik Afobe, but the pair are currently unavailable for selection at Molineux for differing reasons.

Dicko is expected to miss the rest of the season with injury, while Afobe joined Bournemouth in a mega-money deal in January.

And Jackett said: “It is funny how quickly football can change.

“Where we started building the team around Dicko and Afobe, for different reasons they are not here although Nouha will be back at the start of next season.

“For us now it is about the team evolving and improving and continuing to work towards closing that gap between ourselves and the top teams in the league."

Dicko picked up an injury way back in August, and his absence has been keenly felt.

The 23-year-old has scored 27 goals in 50 starts since joining Wolves from Rotherham United in 2014, and Jackett has struggled to replace his goals.

Afobe’s departure has only made things more difficult for Wolves, in an attacking sense, but they have already worked hard to try and reassemble their strike force.

Wolves have brought in Joe Mason from Cardiff City, and the Express and Star suggest that another striker could arrive on loan in the coming weeks.

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