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Summer Sales at Wolves!

Summer Sales at Wolves!

Ok, onwards and upwards and lets get on to the subject of new players joining the club.

After the near disaster of last season and the close season signings of players that were mostly lacking in desire or quality, I hope lessons have been learnt and that this time we will only purchase quality.

Regarding sales, don't want to get to involved with who should be moving on, I think we all know within one or two players who should be going? What I want to do, is to create a debate on players going who maybe we wouldn't want to see leaving!

The first is Karl Henry! If decent money was offered I would let him go to provide partial funds towards a new midfield enforcer, one with a bit more class/guile in going forwards.

The goalkeeper? Again if a good offer came in I would be tempted, of the three teams who went down, two of them have excellent proven abilities with the added bonus of premier experience.

Last but not least, the question of Matt Jarvis is one of the favourite subjects at the moment, I think he is an excellent player who still needs to improve in certain areas, the final pass/cross being the most obvious. An offer in excess of £10million would I think be good business for us and would enable us to buy two class centre backs, Johnstone and Dann would be ideal, both living and settled in the area, at the time of writing this blog Johnstone is a target according to reports but I would also like us to go for Dann who we missed out on to blues a while ago.

So basically I would swap Jarvis for two quality centre backs and be happy, even taking Foster as well!!, blues defence and our midfield/attack sounds a good plan.

How much money do we have available without selling? £5 million or so is surely earmarked for O'Hara so I think this close season we have to sell to partially fund our other targets.

Going back to Jarvis, the other factor is the amount of wide players we have at the club, the most exciting being the return of Kites, yes Jarvis is good but I do think we could live without him as long as the money is right.

One more for the debate? Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, I think could be another if the price is right, great in the championship but a true premiership quality striker?

I hope I have said enough to create some debate and opinions on this subject, again all those I have mentioned would only be going if good offers were made.

The list of players who should most certainly be going is another matter and one which I said most of us would agree on give or take a couple, Mouyokolo, Mancienne, Berra, Halford, David Jones, Edwards, Hahnemann and finally the Hoff!

Milijas is the one I cant decide on? Good touches here and there but if we could get our money back I'd be tempted?

Any thoughts on this subject?

So I think a week to go before the transfer window opens! How many new arrivals this summer I wonder?

Time will tell!


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Writer:Crete Wolf
Date:Wednesday May 25 2011
Time: 10:00AM


I would agree for the most part. Where I differ is on selling our more valuable assets. Where I would differ is on the subject of Jarvis and Ebanks-Blake. I think Jarvis has come a long way this season and is still improving. I don't know if we could live without him when we don't seem to have a natural replacement. Kightly still has it all to prove as does Bia (if we retain him). We would struggle to find anyone better for £10million. Again, I don't know if we could upgrade on Blake for the money. I do think Vokes will be sold (if we can find a buyer) though. Hennessey and Henry I would agree with. Both have been great players for the club and have some great qualities but both have so many areas that need to improve. I'm not convinced that they can, both seem pretty much at the peak of their ability. I do think that in O'Hara and Guedioura we have the core of a midfield to build on. My hope is that we invest heavily in defence. I don't think we need to sell wholesale to do it, or sell our better assets. Just shift some of the players who are obviously out of their depth or just don't fit in with the team.
25/05/2011 10:25:00
agree on Vokes mancienne and the hoff, jones looks like going anyway, has for the rest no! Hennessey will get better has he is still young, we also have Ikeme and USA has back up. Dann no way! he turned us down for a few quid more when he had agreed to come to us. Bia has far as I understand it the club have already said they will not be taking up the option of signing him, pity because he looks a good player. Jarvo - no way! that goes for SEB, Edwards I would keep same has Mouyokolo, Halford wants to stay at pompy,so let him stay. I heard a whisper that Hammill thumped Wardy in training, maybe that's why he didn't get a look in? Let Henry go to QPR but get a good enforcer in who knows more than passing sideways and backwards? But at the end of the day I am sure Mick has got his list and will try and get them - in Mick I trust.
25/05/2011 11:20:00
What everyone has to realise is we are still a club struggling to stay in the premiership , The likes of Dann and Johnson will have clubs like Everton Pool and Spurs wanting them and if they do Blues will hold out for a bigger fee , One of which we cant afford more than likely , Ive said before id love Bougherra from Rangers , He wants to play in the Prem , We dont need to sell any of the main core , To build players they need season after season in the prem not just a couple of seasons and keep chopping and changing , You just add 1 or 2 main players every year and hope it clicks , O hara with a full pre season will be class and a centre half is needed , Possibly a left back too , Kightly hopefully will be a new signing , Guedioura will be like a new signing again , Hunt with a full pre season , I dont think we need anyone from midfield up , Its obvious defence is the key !
25/05/2011 11:33:00
As I have written in earlier blogs, I have my doubts about Jarvis's potential in absolute terms and would sell him if the price were right. We have cover in his position and the money would help us strengthen our back four: two central defenders (Johnson and Dann ?) and a left back. I would also sell Henry, who has not really performed well this season, perhaps as a result of all the flak he took after the Zamora (and Wigan) incidents. As gottagetalife suggests, we will be able to field O'Hara and an improving Guedioura in the inner midfield positions. I would like to hold on to Milijas as well but can we play him if O'Hara is in the side? It would be nice to rotate according to circumstances but would either of them be happy with this and Nenad is too good to be languishing on the bench. Upfront I would keep Doyle at any price and spend the summer working on his partnership with Fletcher. Vokes can go - I still remember the MU miss- but I would retain SEB, even if only as a super sub. However, I think he will make the grade: he certainly livened up the team when he came on against Blackburn. The only person in Crete Wolf's list I might keep would be Edwards, who has shown promising form this season in spite of his injuries. I am undecided about Hennessey. He saved us again on Sunday but he has his weakness, especially when deciding whether to come out or not. But, do we have adequate replacements or could we find one quickly and cheaply?
25/05/2011 11:35:00
Have cover in who ? , Hamill unproven , Kightly unproven ???
25/05/2011 11:45:00
I think Hammill has real potential, while Kightly has nothing to prove ... except his fitness of course. Hunt is flying. I would also keep on Mujangi Bia, whom I think is worth persevering with: he has pace, is able to beat his man, can put in a good cross and possesses a good shot, skills which MJ does not always execute (remember the cross miles above Hunt's head on Sunday?). Of course, I do not want to sell Jarvis but we are discussing priorities here within a limited budget.
25/05/2011 11:54:00
Welcome back to the site Oddjob! You should pop over to the forum and say hi, we're trying to build it up again.
25/05/2011 11:54:00
Kigtly has everything to prove , This is the Prem not the championship mate , Your going on ifs and buts where as Jarvis has proved himself , Jeeez the way you talk you just want to sell best players so players we aint seen or have done nothing this season can come in , I can just picture it , Sell Jarvis and Kightly or Hamill come in and dont do the job and everyone blaming McCarthy and the board for selling Jarvo !!!! , Yes Akela , Decided to come back me old china lol , Jarvis beats men time and time again , What about all the chances Doyle and Blake and all the others have missed off Jarivs crosses , You fail to remember them i see !!! , Look its simple , We do not need anyone in midfield or attack if everyone is fit , Defence is the key and thats for everyone to see obviously , A centre half and maybe a holding midfielder with real football ability unlike Henry has , Id keep Mancienne and play him left back , Thats where he played for England uner 21's but with our centre halves playing rubbish or fatigue setting in he had no choice but to try him there !
25/05/2011 12:13:00
It must be about a year since you last popped by fella, good to see your still around!
25/05/2011 12:18:00
No way Mancienne is worth the money they want and he should be on his way unless they drastically reduce his price,I agree defence is the key but how do we fund these buys?as I said O'Hara is costing 5 million minimum so the money has to come from somewhere and yes Jarvis beats men but he also fails to get the cross in to often for my liking and as I said I would only sell him for a really good price.Dont know what sort of budget has been decided on or even if it has been decided on yet so time will tell on how many players we will have to offload.
Crete Wolf
25/05/2011 13:44:00
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