Wolverhampton Wanderers: top 30 players - Number 30

Molineux - Wolves - Billy Wright Stand

Over the past four years, quality players for Wolverhampton Wanderers have been few and far between, but Bakary Sako definitely impressed at Molineux.

 

The majority of Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters have nightmares when they hear the name of Stale Solbakken, but the Norwegian can look back on his time at Molineux and say that he was responsible for the signing of Bakary Sako.

 

Not many people had heard of the winger, who had previously spent time at Saint-Etienne, but Sako became the standout player at the club between 2012 and 2015 as Wolves got back on their feet after relegation from the Premier League.

 

Things didn't go according to plan in his first campaign as Wolves were demoted to League One, but he contributed a combined total of 21 goals and assists, and was sidelined for the vital final weeks of the year.

 

Wolves faced a battle to keep hold of Sako for a season spent at the third tier, but he was instrumental as they easily won the league title, with Sako adding 12 goals and even more assists.

 

His final year at Wolves was spent with the understanding that he would depart for pastures new should Wolves not return to the Premier League, and after they missed out on the playoffs on goal difference, the Mali international signed for Crystal Palace.

 

Nevertheless, his commitment to Wolves, even when he was linked with big-money moves elsewhere, will always be fondly remembered by the club's supporters and he is one of the few shining lights to come from their upheaval since 2012.

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