Wolverhampton Wanderers were desperately unlucky to miss out on the chance to stake a claim for Premier League football via the play-offs last season but their patience may be rewarded in the 2015/16 season as Kenny Jackett and co are preparing for a promotion push.
There aren't all that many good strike partnerships in the Sky Bet Championship. The teams with the most lethal forward line are more often than not the ones who end up going up e.g. Norwich City with Cameron Jerome and Lewis Grabban and AFC Bournemouth with Callum Wilson and Yann Kermogant.
Wolves have a lethal dose of goals in them, provided by the trio of forwards, Nouha Dicko, Bakary Sako and Benik Afobe.
Last year, the Midlands based side struggled to gain any consistency after a turbulent few seasons of interchanging between leagues. However, now they seem to be settling down in the Championship and that could hopefully be beneficial to them in order to create a formidable run of results for the upcoming campaign, and it's there front three that need to keep gritting their teeth and delivering the goods.
Last season, between the three, 43 goals were scored impressively and if they can emulate the same form throughout 2015 and 2016, Wolves could be crowned champions.
However, the fans can't rely on just three men to do all of the work and there are other key assets amongst the squad.
Nigerian shot stopper, Carl Ikeme, is probably one of the better goalkeepers in the Championship and without him, Kenny Jackett's men may not be worthy of an opportunistic shot at the title.
The acrobatic 29-year-old has stayed loyal to the Wanderers despite being sent out on loan countless times. He is yet to sign a full contract with any other club since putting pen to paper at Molineux over ten years ago, and that loyalty is repaid with a regular starting position. Ikeme never fails to impress, a thanking gesture back to the gaffer in return.
Rajiv van La Parra
Here is one of the Championship's unsung heroes. He is especially valuable to Wolves through his production to the forwards and without his presence, Sako, Dicko and Afobe wouldn't enjoy the goalscoring freedom that they do.
The Dutchman has a unique style of play and seems to be able to create something out of nothing. He is a defender's worst nightmare because you just don't know what he is going to do next because he's capable of anything.
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