The current Wolverhampton Wanderers squad is full of players who will go down as fan favourites for a long time.
The likes of Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez and Joao Moutinho are adored at Molineux for the success they have brought to the club, with those three in particular integral to establishing Wolves in the top-flight.
Prior to promotion under Nuno Espirito Santo in 2017, it had been a tough period for the club. They had gone from the Premier League to League One, although the embarrassment of successive relegations did allow for a clear-out.
That brought new faces to the club, and one of the best signings Wolves made under Kenny Jackett was Nouha Dicko.
The striker had a short loan spell in the 2012/13 campaign, but he returned permanently a season later and was ready to make an instant impact.
Dicko immediately formed a great partnership with Bakary Sako, firing Wolves to the third tier title. Benik Afobe would later join to make it a formidable attacking trio that appeared to have the quality to take the team to the Premier League.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, and disaster struck for Dicko in September 2015 when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury.
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When he returned, Fosun’s ownership had changed the dynamic of the club and Dicko would depart for Hull City shortly after Nuno Espirito Santo’s appointment.
The 29-year-old couldn’t get back to his best level for the Tigers, as he managed just six goals in 45 games over the next few seasons, whilst he also had a pretty unsuccessful spell with Vitesse in the Dutch Eredivisie.
A permanent move to Turkey would be next up for Dicko, as he signed for top-flight outfit Gaziantep in October 2020.
Again, he hasn’t been prolific in front of goal, as he scored four in 28 last season before getting his first of the current campaign prior to the international break.
In hindsight, it’s easy to point to the serious knee injury at Wanderers that impacted the career of the explosive striker.
Yet, at 29, he should still have a lot to offer and even though Wolves have gone to incredible heights since he left, the fans will still have a soft spot for Dicko.
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