Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Kenny Jackett believes that Joe Mason’s best attribute is getting in behind the opposition defence and scoring goals, the Express and Star report.
Mason joined Wolves from fellow Championship side Cardiff City for £3 million [a figure quoted in the Express and Star] in January, with the club using part of the cash received from the Benik Afobe deal to fund his replacement.
The former Plymouth Argyle man can play in any position in the front three, but Jackett has hinted that he is keen to play him down the middle while picking out his movement and finishing ability for praise.
“I think Joe’s a finisher. He has the ability to play in any of the front three positions. We’ve worked hard with him in training in doing that,” Jackett explained to the Express and Star.
“I see a big ability of Joe’s is getting in behind, his timing of his runs is very good, and his finishing is very good. He’s spent time at Cardiff maybe coming off and dropping off into midfield.
“Yes maybe he can do that, but the player that I’ve seen in the short time he’s been here can be effective at running in behind and can be effective at scoring goals. He’s quick enough to do it.”
Afobe was a huge player for Wolves before his January move to Premier League side Bournemouth, scoring an abundance of goals for Jackett’s men.
Mason has a tough job on his hands in replacing Afobe at Molineux, yet he has plenty of ability and Wolves’ intentions to attack with real pace will get the best out of him.
The 24-year-old enjoyed two loan spells at Bolton Wanderers, scoring nine goals in 19 appearances for the Trotters and rather ironically opening his Wolves account at the Macron Stadium in the recent 2-2 draw.
The West Midlands side will be keen for Mason to maintain his decent goal scoring record, and getting the most out of him could be their best shot of reaching the playoffs come the end of the season.