Dec 31 2013 by Nick Hilton, Main WIR
Former Tranmere striker Jake Cassidy backed to rediscover scoring touch at Wolves
WOLVES striker Jake Cassidy returns to Prenton Park tomorrow with words of encouragement from manager Kenny Jackett ringing in his ears.
The 20-year-old from North Wales had the scoring touch during a loan spell with Tranmere in the first half of last season that yielded 11 goals in 23 League One appearances.
But since returning to Molineux, Cassidy hasn’t been able to find the net in 23 senior appearances for Wolves, seven at the end of last season and 16 in the current campaign.
Even so, Jackett has sufficient faith in Cassidy’s potential to have played the youngster ahead of the more experienced Lee Griffiths and Kevin Doyle in recent games.
As third placed Wolves chase an instant return to the Championship, Jackett may be hoping that the return to a happy hunting ground tomorrow will put Cassidy on the goal trail.
Jackett said: “I think Jake Cassidy is a good centre forward.
“He does need a goal and he had numerous opportunities but I’d be more worried if he wasn’t getting those chances.
“I think he’s a good, young player and once he does start scoring, he’ll continue to do that.”
Jackett picked Cassidy for Wolves’ showdown with promotion casing rivals Leyton Orient on Sunday, a game that finihed 1-1.
“He brought a lot to our front line,” Jackett said.
“He and Michael Jacobs were a real handful in their different ways.
“Cassidy gave our attack a lot in terms of holding the ball up and closing down and was awesome in the air giving us a lot to play off.
“He needs a goal but if you keep getting chances, you do score. It’s the centre forwards who play without getting a chance I worry for.
“He’s just got to trust himself and keep playing as he is and things will work out for him.”