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Glenn Hoddle has conducted a relatively succesful transfer policy at Wolves since his arrival. One of those successes has been Denes Rosa.

Despite joining the club in January, Denes had to wait until 11 days ago to get his full debut in the first team.

Prior to that a couple of inconclusive subs appearance, and not entirly convincing reservs appearances had led some fans to question his suitability, and ability.

But it was, as Hoddle explains, all part of the long term plan to assimilate Denes intoEnglish football.

'I think we realised early on that perhaps Denes wasn't ready and needed time to acclimatise to English football,' said Glenn.

'He played in the reserves, which was important for him, and then in training we needed him to fully understand the positions we wanted him to play.

'We've changed our shape a few times since he's been here, which hasn't been helpful for him. He needed to adjust but he took that on board and was very patient and has done very well.'

Rosa's first two starts would certainly seem to back up that statement.

It would also surprise many if Denes didn't earn his third start in a row on Saturday, away to Hull.

On the evidence seen so far, his forward runs and physical presence in the midfield give Wolves another dimension.

It may have been Kenny Miller that released Jeremie Aliadiere to earn a penalty aganst Ipswich Town last Saturday afternoon, but it was Denes that won the ball.

The only question mark that remains over Denes is his finishing. Several times now he has found himself in excellent shooting positions, but has yet to make the opposition goalkeeper work.

But that isnt an accusation unique to denes Rosa. On Saturday, Wolves really should have had Ipswich Town dead and buried long before the referee blew for half time. If they are to become genuine promotion contenders, that is something that has to be addressed, straight away.

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Date:Wednesday February 22 2006

Time: 1:36PM


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