Vital Football

Latest Wolverhampton Wanderers News

Wolves Zubar Closing In On Return

Wolves Zubar Closing In On Return

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has given Wolves fans another boost with the news that Ronnie Zubar is a matter of weeks away from challenging for a place in the first team.

Just less than a year ago, Wolves fans were scratching their heads as to why their new signing from Marseille whom we had heard plenty of promise about, was being left out in the cold. Zubar did not make his Premiership debut until October 17th, but had been held back on the sidelines due to adjustment reasons, mainly the language barrier. Whilst one of our most recent signings Jelle Van Damme appears to have sadly made his mind up within a matter of months that he wants out because he has failed to adjust, Zubar kept his head down, worked his socks off, forced his way into the side and elevated himself to fan favourite within a matter of months, not only with his dogged tackling and rampaging runs, but due to the rapport he built with the fans, and the dedication to the club through his interviews. By the end of last season he was talking as if he had grown up on Waterloo Road.

Zubar's performance's made such an impact that in the interim, Kevin Foley, who had scooped the Player of The Year Award in our triumphant promotion winning season, soon found himself pushed up onto the right hand side of the midfield, amongst other positions as Zubar looked to make the right back spot his own for good.

News of his pre season injuries, and their significance were possibly watered down by a combination of our excitement for our new signings who came through the door, swiftly after one another, and of course that little thing called the World Cup which had us spitting chips long after it had collapsed as we picked through the bones of another World Cup failure that had not ended in heart break but bewilderment, pain and justifiable anger.

In the mean time, Zubar suffered injuries to his ankle and then thigh which disrupted his summer. Having seen him just once, briefly this season, Zubar suffered another ankle injury, but from reports, we can rejoice at his impending return to full fitness.

Mick McCarthy told the Express & Star- 'He`ll be back sooner rather than later.

I said he`d be four weeks from the operation and it`s been two weeks already since then, so he might be back playing in two weeks..... I would hope he would be back in full training next week and then there`s reserve games."

Over recent weeks we have seen Stephen Mouyokolo gently eased towards our first team following rehabilitation and a handful of reserve games, whilst Stephen Hunt has already set pulses racing less than three games into what we hope will prove a long and successful Wolves career. Nenad Milijias has looked outstanding over the course of our last two games, the class act we knew he could be, and scorer of the crucial second against City on Saturday- Milijias has had his own adjustment problems, admitted by himself and pointed out by his manager, but he has taken his opportunity with both hands and it is difficult to see how he will be moved from the starting eleven if he can maintain the form he has shown.

In the mean time, Kevin Foley has just turned into probably his two best performances of his season, and looks like the player we know. Zubar once more has an almighty task ahead of him to dislodge a rejuvenated Foley, but, to the disdain of some fans, the joy of others, Mick McCarthy has proven almost from the day that he took over the club, that he is not afraid to play people in positions they were not specifically signed for. Whilst Zubar was signed expecting to challenge for one of the central defensive positions it would not surprise me at some juncture if we end up seeing him in the midfield.

I maintain faith in Mick, his signings, selections and tactics, which I'll admit sometimes leave us scratching our heads, but to have Zubar back in contention for any position the manager sees fit will prove a massive boost for the team, the club and the fans.

Thoughts on a post card, the usual address.

New York City Wolf

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:New York City Wolf
Date:Tuesday November 2 2010
Time: 2:32PM


I think Zubes is quality. Always a threat with those overlapping runs and solid at the back to boot. Personally I'd play him at right back and Foley at left back. Big George (god bless him) for me is caught out of position at times and you always feel that he's liable to drop a clanger. With regards to Mick's sometimes strange subs or tactics, he's obviously trying some different things. If they work - horray Super Mick, when they don't - Thick Mick. Give the dude a break, he's the best Manager we've had for years, and this is the best group of lads we've had for years. Cast your mind back over recent years, can you honestly say players such as Carl Cort, Nathan Blake, Simon Osborne, Steve Corica, Kevin Muscat, Keith Curle, Kenny Miller, Dean Sturridge etc.. were any better than our current crop?? Penny for your thoughts......... UTW!!
02/11/2010 15:52:00
Kenny Miller?
02/11/2010 16:32:00
Yes Kenny Miller who scored the goal to beat Man Utd,now back in Scotland.
Crete Wolf
02/11/2010 17:49:00
Having struggled at the start of last season, Zubes now looks quality, so will be glad to see him back in contention
02/11/2010 21:11:00
Zubar is a very good player. i agree that he should be right back and mccarthy should try foley at left back because foley is a good player too. player of the season 2 years ago. our current team are really starting to impress me. jarvis is unreal, milijas looking good, hunt fit and playing well, all the centre-backs seem to be playing well which is great competition for places. 3 in form strikers and there's no moaning from the players who arent getting a game. i really think we should stick with mick and i can see a mid-table finish for us this year!!!!
02/11/2010 21:21:00
I queried Kenny Miller only because it seemed strange to see his name in a list of ex-Wolves donkeys!
02/11/2010 22:22:00
I agree with Oldgold, took his time to settle but Zubar looks promising now.
03/11/2010 09:55:00
Miller had one good season with us (the promotion winning season). As Cretewolf correctly points out he scored the winner against Man U. But that was it. I seem to remember him being caught offside all the time!!
03/11/2010 10:50:00
Miller is a donkey. was never good enough for the prem. fired us up there but then let us down! the goal against Man U was lucky as well tbh it was a lucky first touch and a rubbish finish that 9/10 times the keeper would save!!!!
03/11/2010 11:35:00
Poor old Kenny has certainly taken some stick, eh. Must say he never turned out to be the player we thought we were buying. Personally, from those above I would have thought Olaf would have taken the wooden spoon.
New York City Wolf
03/11/2010 12:11:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Wolves Articles

Stearman - I'm Playing For My Future

On loan Fulham defender Richard Stearman has said he won't be the only one using the last two games of the Championship campaign to try and remain in head coach Paul Lambert's plans...

Who Features As A 2017/18 Promotion Favourite?

With two games remaining in the 2016/17 campaign, eyes in the Championship are already turning to the coming year of 2017/18.

Championship Free Agents 2017

As the summer nears and contracts come to an end, should the club have an interest in any of the following free transfers from Championship oppositions?

51 Clubs Receive EFL Family Excellence Award - 2016/17

The Football League have recognised a record 51 clubs in the 2016/17 Family Excellence Awards.

Archived Vital Wolves Articles

Vital Wolves articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Wolves
Write For Vital Wolves
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Derby County v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Suggested By:
Wolves win67%
Derby win33%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 44 28 8 8 92 35
P Newcastle 45 28 7 10 91 42
3 Huddersfield 44 25 6 13 81 3
4 Reading 44 24 7 13 79 1
5 Sheff Wed 44 23 9 12 78 15
6 Fulham 44 21 13 10 76 27
7 Leeds Utd 44 22 7 15 73 14
8 Norwich 44 19 9 16 66 12
9 Brentford 44 18 9 17 63 12
10 Derby County 44 17 12 15 63 2
11 Preston 44 16 13 15 61 2
12 Aston Villa 44 16 13 15 61 0
13 Cardiff 45 16 11 18 59 -4
14 Barnsley 44 15 12 17 57 0
15 Wolves 44 15 10 19 55 -3
16 Ipswich 44 13 16 15 55 -6
17 Bristol City 44 14 9 21 51 -6
18 Burton 44 13 12 19 51 -12
19 Q.P.R. 44 14 8 22 50 -12
20 Forest 44 13 9 22 48 -11
21 Birmingham 44 11 14 19 47 -22
22 Blackburn 44 10 15 19 45 -15
23 Wigan 44 10 11 23 41 -16
R Rotherham 44 5 6 33 21 -58
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Wolves Results (view all)

Wolves Fixtures (view all)

Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship
May 7 2017 12:00PM : Preston North End (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

2.Andie Spooner1
Write for Vital Football