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Rock Bottom 2 (The sequel)

Well, we're back down there again and this time I fear for us getting off so quick this time.

Fixtures coming up are going to make it very difficult for us to make any move up the table, not impossible but difficult.

These next few weeks will be a challenge but if we can hang in there we do have an easier time of it towards the latter half of the season, but we do have to stay in touch otherwise we will give ourselves too much to do.

We spent a lot of money, 18 million and have utilised only 3 million of it?

I hope whatever amount spent in the coming month is better used? I would love to know the reason we signed Fletcher, I really would, it defies belief that with our limited budget, such a percentage could be squandered.

Its not as if Fletcher has had a run in the team and played badly! He just has not been given a chance to see what he can do for us. The 'five full back' approach will now have to come to an end, hopefully with a new signing and Fletcher now given a couple of 'starts' up front.

We paid a lot of money for him and I do feel sorry for the lad, he should at least be given a chance! Otherwise I fear he will be given a chance instead to show us his skills in the 'fizzy pop' league next season.

At the end of the season it could well be that our form against teams around us has been very poor and that could be our downfall, the results against so called big teams have all gone to waste as we've lost nearly all the games against lowly opposition.

By the time we play Arsenal on Feb 12th we should have a clearer picture, I hope its not a gloomy one.

As ever Up the Wolves.

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Writer: Crete Wolf Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 3 2011

Time: 11:00AM

Your Comments

I think it is a bit misleading to claim we have a limited budget, take a look around what other clubs are spending in the whole division. It's also easy to bemoan the signing of Fletcher with hindsight. At the time I thought it was a great signing and a move to 4-4-2 by Mick, it may not have worked, not all transfers do, but last season we lacked goals and the purchase of Fletcher was a positive one in the summer.
Akela
I also think he was a great signing Akela and ok if he does'nt go 4-4-2, I can see he cant play,but when Doyle is injured?he still does'nt get a game!!,he plays a full back!I'm just wandering under what conditions he is going to get a game?.
Crete Wolf
Both of you are right. In the summer MM did attempt to strengthen his defence by purchasing JVD and Mouyokolo in order to allow him to play a 4-4-2 system. Hence, the signing of Fletcher. Unfortunately, for different reasons neither defender has made an impact. VDM proved to be a lousy left back- didn't the manager or scout spot his weaknesses- and Mouyokolo has been injured: why did he not had proper diagnosis and treatment at the time? So, in a 4-5-1 formation it was always going to be Doyle there. Even so, Fletcher played very well in the first half of the game against Stoke. His injury in the match set him back, reducing him to bit parts behind SEB and now (gasp) even Ward. When he did come on he was not up to match speed and wasted at least a couple of gilt-edged chances. Yet, he has scored five goals (4 in the PL) so he has the best ratio of time to goals in the team. We have to play him at centre forward but to do that we have to strengthen our defence. Prseumably, this is what MM intends to do, while at the same time contemplating splashing out on Robby Keane. Even if he comes on loan, he will cost us a lot of money, money that could be better spent on a central defender and a left back. If we bought them, we could play Fletcher and not bother with Keane.
Southbank60
i completely agree about keane.. i dont think he should be a priority.. the fact that mick is in the market for another striker would suggest he wants to play 4-4-2.. so he must be confident of strengthening our defence. the problem at the moment is that every player we are linked with (keane, wheater, lescott, bridge) has interest from other clubs aswell that are in better positions than us. so how are we going to convince these players to come to wolves? left-back and centre-back should be our top priority. and think that we need a good defensive midfielder aswell before we should spend on a striker! MM actually stated a few weeks ago that he trusts in the players we have and that there wouldnt be much activity in january.. i really hope that's not the case.. when we signed fletcher, jvd, mouyokolo, hunt i really could see us having a great season.. things havent really gone our way though. injuries have been our main problem this season aswell as players struggling to settle in. we'll have a good idea which league we'll be playing in next season by the end of january i think.
SmithyWolves
We finished 15th and were the 4th biggest spenders and whilst the article I just posted tries to employ optimism, the fact we are holding up the league going into January is completely unacceptable. As noted above, Fletcher has shown he can score in the Premiership, again (look how many he scored at a relegated Burnley) so I give up trying to figure out why he can't get a game. I did get tired of the anti-Mick brigade on the E&S website, with their one sentence summaries, usually 'he's a ______, he only plays his love child every match, sack him today gruff gruff blah' - usually written half in block capitals, half the words spellingly wrong, you get the point, but I put my point down when he shifted Ward to left back again at West Ham and folded my arms rather than throwing them up in the air. I had got over the fact, once again, he was going to pick him ahead of Fletcher, and I think Ward has done a very good job for the club, but when we have a 7 million pound player sitting on the bench it brings back memories of certain players that were brought into for a very specific purpose, were never given that chance and were eventually wheeled off elsewhere with a cathartic expression written over their mush and their new trusting manager(s) reaching for the smelling salts. Resurrection, transformation, Mark Davis, there's a hint for one- again, you get the point. I just fear he is another face that 'just doesn't fit'- he's raised the wrong question, there's been a row and we shall never see what the player could have really done for us. None of the players above will be coming to us for a host of reasons ranging from us becoming an unattractive move for an already unsettled player to a wage bill that has already been stretched paying players who don't play, have already, or will leave. Rant over. The jet lag has hit home like a sledge hammer so I shall sign off there and hope that Mick has one of his brilliant days, well, today.
New York City Wolf
 

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