Saturday, 11 January 2014

My Wolves Team to Face Preston

It feels strange that an area of the team that has been so easy to fill all season, with Carls form being so strong, to now be in a position with such ambiguity around who goes between the sticks.
To me, its simple, Aaron McCarey holds his place. He was composed and impressive in his League debut against Gillingham, and no keeper could have done anything about their injury time goal.
On top of that, yet again we find ourselves in a position when a seasoned pro, one of our most experiences players, Wayne Hennessey, rocks the boat with a ridiculous decision. We all know the story, I won’t go over it again, but, like Johnson and O’Hara before him, Hennessey cannot expect that his position in the team is a given based on previous seasons performances. Yes, he used to be a Premier League keeper, but right now he’s competing with McCarey for a starting place in League One, and Aaron has managed to remain professional and focused, unlike somebody else.

Better news this week as Stearman returns following his one match ban. I’d put him in the centre with Batth, with Ricketts and Golbourne at RB and LB respectively. I can’t wait for Doherty to be fit again, unfortunately todays game comes a little too early. When he’s fit I’d have him at RB and move Ricketts to LB. I have nothing against Golbourne, and I’m a big fan of his, but at the moment he is pretty safe in his LB role, and some competition for a starting place will help keep him on his toes.

Jacobs and Henry are definite starters for me. These new permanent additions have brought flair, pace and excitement to the team, and I’d love to see them both with either a goal or assist (or both) today.
It’s in CM that we still have weakness. McDonald is class, and for me is up there as a potential player of the season so far. He’s composed, secure and can pick out a pass. Those complaining that he doesn’t seem “dangerous” should spend a game just watching him, and you’ll soon see the quality and stability he brings to an otherwise young and relatively inexperienced midfield. It’s alongside him that I see a gap. Edwards is scary, there is no other way of describing him. Davis seems lazy and uninterested. These two should go in this transfer window in my opinion. Price has been quality, and he’d have the position for me, if he was fit. So I’d turn to Evans. He showed promise and ability at the start of the season, and now would be a great time for him to get another run in the team.

Excuse me for stating the obvious, but we desperately need goals! We need finishers. I know the majority of us hope for a decent attacking signing before January is out, but for today we need to work with what we have. A home game against promotion competition means we should play 4-4-2. Ask Leicester, who beat their promotion rivals, Derby last night playing attacking and free flowing football.
Griffiths and McAlinden must start for me. Our top scorer and our most promising youngster, I see them getting a goal or two if they get the service. Doyle has had his day, and as big a fan as I am of his, I’m afraid enough is enough. A striker needs to score to warrant his wages, and Doyle just doesn’t have it anymore.

This will be tough game. Right now on our form, and their form, I’d take a point. But realistically we need to be winning this game. I’m feeling optimistic...

Result: Wolves 2-1 Preston

1 comment:

  1. Decent set up but I believe McAlinden is ill at the moment and unlikely to feature