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Will Internationals Hinder Relegation Scramble?

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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Date:Monday March 28 2011
Time: 2:00PM


Let me state from the outset that I am not an England fan at all, nor an Ireland one, for that matter, so my perspective will be exclusively that of a Wolves fan. It was compulsion that had me wait for the Wales-England kick-off, the wait was to see whether Jarvis was at least on the bench. On finding out that he was not, all interest in the game was lost. The loss of Doyle may be a blessing in disguise, and that is not meant to detract from the player's ability or his value to the team, certainly not from his utility as one who can hold the ball and score goals as well.The role of a striker is a secondary one for Doyle, his main one being more that of a winger....granted, one who can score when the chance is presented. But his absence will now force MM to abandon the lone-striker formation (?), for neither SEB nor Fletch can play that role. Hopefully, we will see, from the kick-off, either - preferably both! - in the centre up front ready to meet the crosses from the likes of Jarvis, Hammill and Kights. Two strikers, do I say? I have come to see what MM stands for, and that is: Moderation Matters. Still, he will do it his way, and he will succeed in keeping Wolves up, his way, injuries or no injuries, with whatever he has at his disposal.
28/03/2011 15:20:00
Nice article Hyett,it dragged LovesW out of hibernation again!,It make you wonder what it must be like for the top clubs?we moan about losing one player when some of the big sides have nearly their whole teams out all at once on International duty!.
Crete Wolf
28/03/2011 18:56:00
Great article and I agree whole-heartedly with the arguments presented. As I said in a response somewhere or other, I would like SEB and Fletcher to play together upfront. If we do play 4-5-1, SEB will probably get the nod as he replicates Doyle's role better than Fletcher does. What I don't want to see is Ward occupying that position. With Hammill and Jarvis booming the ball in to twin strikers we could score a bucketful on Saturday. Of course, we hope that they are fit enough to play in the game. Not too happy about the result of the England match either.
28/03/2011 19:16:00
Thanks for your comments. I agree Crete Wolf, regarding how other clubs have to cope. I did want to make comparisons to Aston Villa in particular and West Ham but had to make cuts to fit the character count. Southbank60, Regarding the 4-5-1, with O'Hara dropping behind hopefully SEB I still think that's a good solid formation that will provide goals and maximise our use of the wingers but certainly agree that Ward does not make the cut. The lad works hard but he doesn't possess the quality to make an impact.
28/03/2011 21:04:00
Very well. I will confess that it has proved impossible for me to dwell in hibernation for, what was it?, 2 weeks? You have succeeded. It was more the urge to comment on the comments about what is going on rather than on what is going on. About O'Hara - I hope MM has had more than a cordial word with him about going for glory himself when Jarvis was totally free to his left when already 1-0 up against Villa. Had Villa eventually drawn level...... and I read that there is a kind of 'friendly competition' about who of the two scores the more goals. That is no good at all, quite the contrary, as I see, and, moreover, as evidence has shown. The exchanges between the two should be of the ball on the field of play, not verbal ones off it.
28/03/2011 21:24:00
Going off subject here,but would it be possible once an article has been read to move it to the top of the board?In other words the popular articles stay at the top for easy access?Just a thiught,thats one for the admin boys.
Crete Wolf
28/03/2011 21:39:00
I forgot Hunt. No, I am not saying all four should start; I will be happy to see any two of them on the wings, but I am with SB60 regarding Ward.
28/03/2011 22:04:00
Great article Hyett- first thigns first, as for the word count if you send it directly to Akela he will most likely lob off, so to speak the word count and let you write at will. Great article as I say, but I am surprised by some of the responses which are somewhat muted in response to the news of the Doyle injury as you will see if you read the article above this one (Crete- there is a way for admin to 'stick' a story so if it is popular and worthy it continues to maintain pole position for a while, again, I would contact Akela on that one). W- I have always appreciated your contributions, always, but how Doyle getting injured can prove a blessing in disguise is beyond me. We are on the best run we have had in our Premiership history, we are taking nearly two per points game, scoring almost two per game, and taking the Spurs result out conceding such a few, I forget the ratio but it was little more than one. Such disruption to what was working is nothing short of a nightmare and at the worst possible time. I have championed Blakey and Fletcher to the bitter end but neither of them can play the game Doyle can, few in the country can, and what that means when it becomes plainly obvious is that we have to change. And change means changing something that was working so well. I'd love to get all excited and whoopee now we are going to have to ruin a winning formula by being forced to go 4-4-2 so we can now enjoy two flying wingers and scoring 5 a game because we have SEB and Fletch in the middle? What formation dominated the first half of the season? What has dominated the second half? I'm as thrilled as anyone that Kightly is back in the squad but the mention of him bombing down the wing- I wish to see nothing more but he has not played for a year and a half and the memory of Tony Daley sprinting onto the field after a similar amount of time to to wild applause soon fell short when he pulled a hamstring before he reached the wing and took position. I might avoid the site tomorrow because my opinion seems to be going against all the joy surrounding some wild abandon and attacking menace that if employed will see us fall flat on our arse and secure relegation. My dog ate my homework yesterday. I made him write it again. He got an A. Maybe Doyle's torn ligaments will see us finish 10th. Grumble, grumble.
New York City Wolf
29/03/2011 03:30:00
Brilliant article hyett5 and I hope to read more of your contributions to Vital Wolves in the future.
29/03/2011 08:45:00
NYCW, I would not say that things were working so well. They were working just about satisfactorily, and only in the most recent of games, at that. The Blackpool game aside, the wins secured have always been with the narrowest of margins. And - I said, the absence of Doyle MAY prove to be a blessing in disguise. The Doyle tactic is one aimed at securing a one-goal advantage and keeping it - alas, the defence saw to the failure of that on more than one occasion. Now, as things stand, I say it would be a mistake to retain what you call ' a winning formula'( even granted that it be a winning formula), substituting the pin round which that formula revolves with another player, be it SEB or Fletch or any other,who admittedly cannot be Doyle's match at it. The question that would arise would be who of the two approaches Doyle's function better. So, I say, accept facts as they area and change tactics, if tactics require to be changed by force of circumstance. True, I am one who would have changed tactics without being forced by circumstance. Rather, there would have been no need for me to change tactics at all, for I would be playing with two wide men and two strikers all along, and with four stikers and four wingers on the books, it is difficult to imagine having to change tactics for lack of availability of players who can fulfill the roles. With Doyle, i.e. with a plan revolving around a single man, the possibility is ever 'in the air'. Now it is a reality. I see this as a chance for MM to put the 2W2S formation to the test, be it grudgingly. 2W2S stands for 2 wingers and 2strikers, I just made that up. I appreciate your comments too ,NYCW, as I do everyone's on here. It is just that I look upon this one-up-front formation as a restriction on the attacking potential of the team, and, moreover, as a sheer wastage of the strikers, sitting on the bench, when they should be out there at the end of the crosses supplied from quality wingers, most of whom, too, are relegated to the bench by the Wards and the Foleys.
29/03/2011 08:52:00
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