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Team Hails JJ

When the season runs it's course, and league standings are settled, there will innevetably be a discussion on who signed the bargain of teh season.

One forerunner for that accolade is Jemal Johnson, signed by Mick McCarthy for a fee that's believed to be £150,000, and who has already earned Wolves back to back league wins in his short Wanderers career.

To some teams, that may not mean a lot. But as any Wanderers fan will tell you, it's been quite a while since Wolves could lay claim to that simple statistic.

'I'm not sure exactly what the figure was, but whatever we paid for Jemal he's been worth it in our last two games,' Mick McCarthy said after saturday's 1-0 win over Luton.

'He scored the only goal of the game against Burnley and he's won us the game against Luton with a terrific goal.

'So, compared to the Frankowski deal, I suppose you could say signing Jemal was a good bit of business, couldn't you?' he added.

Mick isn't the only one impressed by the youngsters start to his Molineux career.

New strike partner Carl Cort was also singing the bargain basement signing's praises after his weekend performance.

'It's the first time I've played alongside Jemal and we hadn't even worked too closely together in training,' said Cort.

'But he's the type of forward I enjoy playing with - he's sharp and works hard for you and scored another great goal to beat Luton.

'He was all over the place throughout the game, he looked sharp, and as the season goes on he will get sharper. In the first half especially, he got on the end of some of my flick-ons and got in behind.'

It's early days, but Mick McCarthy certainly looks to have found someone with an eye for goal. Neither of his strikes would be in Glenn Hoddle's book of how to score goals, both coming from long hopeful punts out of defence, not moves involving 20 minutes of posession, and uncountable intricate passes.

But both were clinical finishes, and brought home 6 points that leave Wolves 4th place on goal difference that even this early in the season, sees them exceeding all expectations so far.

Keep up the good work Jemal, and your place in Molineux history will be sealed.













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