The question of “What if?” is usually a way of reflecting on events, decisions and results of the past.
- What if Mick McCarthy hadn’t been sacked?
- What if Fletcher/Jarvis had been convinced to stay?
- What if Steve Morgan hadn’t decided to build a new stadium?
- What if Sylvan Ebanks-Blake hadn’t been injured?
Questioning “what if” is a torturous yet inevitable likelihood, especially when you’ve been through the kind of roller coaster a Wolves fan has. You can’t help but reflect and wonder on how things could be different if one simple decision or act had played out differently. The reality of course is that nothing can be done about what has been said and done, and that working on the here and now is the only way to ensure a prosperous future.
The question I have started to dangerously ask myself lately however is not one that reflects on the past, but looks directly into the future, and I’m sure I’m not alone:
"What if Wolves get Promoted?”
There, I said it! I tempted fate! I puckered up and delivered the kiss of death! Please now all prepare yourself for a fall from grace, and a winless run between now and the end of season…
(Luckily, my mere opinion couldn’t ever impact future events… So maybe I’ll continue…?)
|Wolves brushed their biggest competitor aside 3-0.|
So what if that happens?
Having always been a forward seeing person, back in April 2013 I asked the same question of “What if we get Relegated?” and discussed how we would amend and prepare our squad for a new season in a new league. Today, I ask the same question.
|Wolves look a team full of confidence, high on moral.|
But how good would this team be just one league up? How many of the unchanged 11 we have seen in recent weeks are actually ready for the step up? What areas would need improving or boosting? Who would need replacing?
Without wanting to sound arrogant, and without wanting to tempt fate, here are my thoughts on what would need to happen with our squad should our form continue and we get that all important promotion at first bite:
Ricketts signed a two year deal at the start of the season, and for me should remain captain, and remain in the back four next season should we be promoted. Personally, I think he is better suited at CB and I’d play him along side Batth/Stearman. Those three are a brilliant trio to select two CBs from, and that level of competition for places will improve them all.
|Would Doherty be ready for the Championship?|
The same goes for LB. Golbourne has been incredibly impressive in recent weeks, and I’ve enjoyed his performances since joining us. While I mean no disrespect to him, I just think we could still do with some strengthening in this position. Reinstating Ward after his loan spell at Brighton is controversial, but worth considering. However I think signing a LB with Championship/Premier League experience would be our best bet.
|McDonald. Player of the season?|
If we maintained our formation of two holding CM and three interchangeable wide players and CAM it would be hard to see where improvements could be made. McDonald is more than ready for a higher standard of football. I do think however, that as good as Price is, a selection of himself, Evans, Davis or Edwards to support McDonald is just not quite strong enough. I’d wave goodbye to Edwards and Davis, and sign another strong CM to compete with Price for a starting place along side K-Mac.
The same goes for the Sako, Henry, Jacobs trio. They need competition, so only another attacking midfielder signing that would improve the team would be welcomed.
|Dicko (with Jacobs and Price) has been impressive since joining.|
So I would have this as our squad to select from:
GK - Ikeme
GK - McCarey
GK - Flatt
RB - New Signing
RB - Doherty
CB - Ricketts
CB - Batth
CB - Stearman
CB - Ebanks-Landell
LB - New Signing
LB - Golbourne
CM - New Signing
CM - McDonald
CM - Price
CM - Evans
CAM - New Signing
RM/CAM - Henry
RM/CAM - Jacobs
LM/CAM - Sako
LM/CAM - Ismail
ST - New Signing
ST - Dicko
ST - Clarke
ST - McAlinden
Thats 24 players, including all of the current starting team, subs plus five new signings.
Would we be ready for a strong season in The Championship with this squad? Is it foolish of me to have even considered it this early? Let me know what you think!