By Will Butcher
Nouha Dicko has extended his Wolves contract after putting pen to paper on a new three-and-a-half-year deal at Molineux.
The Midlands giants revealed the news on their official website on Tuesday morning, which has seen the Mali international extend his stay in at Wolves until the summer of 2020.
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A deal for the 24-year-old may come as a surprise to some, with Dicko failing to score in 17 league and cup appearances for Paul Lambert’s side this season.
Wolves’ number nine was out injured with a cruciate ligament injury for much of his side’s 2015-16 campaign, but has returned to be a regular member of the first team this season.
With just 18 months remaining on his previous deal, former Aston Villa and Norwich boss Lambert has moved swiftly to secure the services of Dicko for the foreseeable future.
Since his move to Wolves from Wigan in the summer of 2014, the speed machine has scored a total of 29 goals in 79 games and will be hoping to add to that on Saturday.
Dicko could spearhead Wolves’ attack at Anfield against Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup, as Lambert looks to orchestrate a cup upset against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Football Insider verdict:
Despite his poor goalscoring form of late, Dicko’s willingness to run the channels and cause havoc among the back line of an opponent’s defence is a quality that cannot be ignored by manager Lambert. His ability to consistently hassle and look to win the ball back with an unrelenting work ethic gives Wolves a much more solid outlook as he looks to serve his side as the first line of defence. Winning the ball higher up the park also allows onrushing Wolves midfielders to break into the box and find the back of the net. Despite his injury-prone past, tying Dicko down for the foreseeable future is a good piece of business by Wolves and Lambert.
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