Will Internationals Hinder Relegation Scramble?
Recently, Wolves fans were buoyed by news that our flying winger, Matt Jarvis, had finally made the England squad after previously struggling to break the provisional barrier.
I was elated for Jarvis; it's absolutely everything he deserves. He looks set to start in Capello's new 4-3-3 formation against Ghana tomorrow.
But is this really what we want when Wolves scrap admirably for their premiership lives?
The benefits of Jarvis competing with England are plentiful; after all it's sure to boost his confidence, and he can only improve by training with the national team, but do I really want to see Wolves chances of survival hindered by an injury to any of our key players in an International friendly?
Don't get me wrong, I'm English and proud, but my support for the national side has somewhat waned over the past few years after putting myself through tedious football, with overpaid ego's holding my optimistic spirit in their palms, before crushing it every few summers with a series of lacklustre displays, and a show of minimal passion.
At Wolves the passion is there for all to see, in every player. I do walk away sometimes deflated by the loss of points, particularly with last minute blunders, but on the whole I am very happy watching the thrills and spills of those games at Molineux.
For this reason I will always support club over country!
I have a passion for Wolves that, as hard as I try, I just cannot muster up for England.
Trapattoni's comments concern me in response to the injury of Kevin Doyle playing in Irelands 2-1 Euro Qualifier win over Macedonia: 'One of the doubts I had coming into the match having watched Doyle in matches and in training was that he was a little tired and not on top of his game,' he said. 'Players who play all the time in England run the risk of getting to June and being empty.'
As ROI manager, Trapattoni has a responsibility to field his strongest team and win an important qualifier. However, if he has noticed that Doyle is tired, and is completely unsurprised that he suffered injury as a result of being over exerted, why on earth did he play him?
Surely, it is a manager's responsibility to look after the fitness of his players too?
Doyle is our first choice striker, but I do not think that our survival hangs on his fitness.
I believe Ebanks-Blake, and Fletcher will provide the goals we need to keep Wolves in the premier league so that we can beat the likes of Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Man City all over again.
I am concerned though if we lose Jarvis. Hammill has looked a great signing so far, and his delivery looks to be better than Jarvis' but Wolves have threatened going forward because we have TWO pacey wide men who bombard the opposition 18 yard area with cluster bombs. They create countless chances. With Hammill and Jarvis lining our wings, and O'Hara spraying the ball from one side to the other Wolves have an attacking prowess that we have not seen so far in the Premiership in Old Gold and Black.
Ebanks-Blake and Fletcher have done well to score 11 league goals between them, plus of course Doyle's contribution of 5.
If we lose Jarvis, I fear we lose the edge we have on our wings, because although Hunt has put in some good performances, his touch and lack of pace in comparison to our dynamic duo will ultimately weaken the strength of our attack and we are yet to see how Kightly can contribute at this level.
Of course, this is all hypothetical, and I will have my fingers crossed that Jarvis returns from international duty full of confidence and raring to go against Newcastle, but I will watch England with one eye closed, and a long held breath to see Jarvis take on the physical Ghanians.
With the loss of Doyle, I do hope that McCarthy turns to his proven strikers, and only uses Ward sparingly as we try to grind results.
Despite Doyle's absence, we WILL be celebrating overturning 'second-season syndrome' come May 22nd, and will push on next season!
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