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Hoff back in McCarthy's plans?

For the past year it has looked like Stefan Maierhofer's days at Molineux were just about up.

It was just a matter of timing when the Austrian giant would leave Wolves for good.

The 28-year-old 6ft 7ins striker spent last season on loan at 2nd Bundesliga club MSV Duisburg.

Over the summer he was expected to leave for around 1.3million, which would have been a loss as he initially cost us 1.8million 2 years ago, but he now does only have 1 year left on his contract.

Eintracht Frankfurt and Hannover 96 have reportedly been interested in taking the Hoff, but he may have actually played his way back into boss Mick McCarthy's thinking.

It was only a 40 minute substitute appearance against Real Zaragoza, but it appears to have been enough to get our Mick thinking.

"We made a lot of substitutions and Stefan was among the pick of them - he was excellent.' he said to the Express & Star.

He added: "I bought him to do that and if he continues to do that then he will be in my squad."

So perhaps his days are not numbered after all? But with his contract situation as it is we should really decide soon whether we want to keep hold of him or sell him.

Delay the situation any longer and we'll end up with him on the books for another year and watching him leave for nothing come the end of the season.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 9 2011

Time: 11:18AM

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Can he play at LB ??
AdMant
He will only be 4th choice if he does get picked for the 25 anyways so its hardly big news , if he does we loan out griffiths and sell Vokes
ODDJOB79
40 minutes in a friendly makes a big difference??? I dont think so.
Crete Wolf
He must have been OK in Austria and he seems to have played played well in Germany. For us, he was useless. He lumbered around the pitch in a daze, had two left feet and hardly ever used his height to good effect. Yet, apparently, he gave the Spanish defenders a torrid time when he came on last Saturday. Until proved wrong, I would be inclined to put that down to the artificiality of friendlies rather than to a gigantic leap forward (or upward) by our 'statuesque' CF. I hope I am wrong because we do need a target man up front at times, particularly as an inmpact player late in the game. Incidentally, has he ever played at CB?
Southbank60
Sell him, Fletch/Doyler/Banksy & Wardy will do the job for us. Besides its only a matter of time b4 he falls out with Mick and is resigned to another season of scatching his nackers with the youngsters (...er...u know what i mean). UTW!!
BIG TASTY
Could this prove the strangest turn around of them all? We barely saw him after he signed and it was obvious he had shared words with Mick, or simply did not present the ilk of a proper grafter. His scoring record wherever he has played has been spot on so what went wrong at Wolves we have no idea- surprised regardless that Mick is entertaining the though; with Doyle, Fletch & Blakey we obviously need a fourth and keeping him would of course save the club having to go and spend money if Mick insists he can do a job. I will be very surprised- if there is interest in him maybe Mick's words are simply to raise his stock. He is hardly going to drive a harder bargain if he speaks badly of the player. Time shall tell.
New York City Wolf
If we can sell him now then it would make the most sense as he will otherwise end up leaving for nothing in a years time. Obviously if that does not prove to be possible then he might have a role to play as a different option from the bench.
astraltrader
Well...Scrath Doyle for a few weeks so at least give him a chance. we're paying his wages, may aswell play him. you never know....remember when Butler got booed off and then came back and had a great season. Wishful thinking maybe but SEB and Doyle are now carrying injuries........Would you prefer Keogh or Vokes???
Rustmonkey
Big Tasty, of the four you mention only Fletch is a proper central striker. The other you do not mention is Vokes, but I prefer Stefan to him, at least for now. Keogh does not make the grade, and I agree that he should be sold, for the good of his career too. If MM plans to play with 2 central strikers - he has said 'with two strikers' - then I'd keep Stefan. MM would ideally play Fletch and Doyle, but I am not happy with that, as Doyle would surely operate wide.
lovesW
I'd definetly like to see him play up front if Doyle's missing, with Flketch, or to come on as a sub at least. Surely he's got something in his engine!
seanlyncha7x
seanlyncha7x: ......ditto.
lovesW
if its right Seb AND Doyle are injured as far as im concerned Vokes and Keogh are not good enough so that leaves Fletch Ward and the Hoff as strikers so what happens if Elokobi gets injured then Ward is at LB so we are now down to 2 strikers but MM thinks we do not need defensive cover how can this be. How now is the Hoff that good when MM been trying to get rid for the last year after playing 40mins in a friendly the mind boggles im not trying to put the team down but everyone is on talking what happens now with Doyle being injured it just shows the concern everyone has so if Seb is injured and Elokobi then gets injured who plays where anwsers would be welcome i know this is hyperthetical but to me this just shows up the shortcomings as in where is the cover for such emergencies.
kiawolves
Spot on, kiawolves. It's about time the 3M took their collective heads out of the sand and addressed the real problems we face ... and not merely the issue of back up.
Southbank60
Southbank glad you agree it just worries me that the team that finished last season out of all the outfield players 2 hav left Jones and Mancienne and only 1 has come in Johnson for a team that finished forth bottom i find it incredible that MM thinks the squad is strong enough because they have another seasons experience.Yet in friendlies was saying with the late goals we dont seemed to have learned anything from last season yet the transfer activity could be over and we could finish in the top half this is all very confusing and if you take all PL teams i think only 2 teams have done less business Spurs and Everton how does that add up.
kiawolves
In MM's defence. None of us see what he see's day in day out in training and behind closed door friendly's. Yes , 40 mins seems a short time to make a complete U-turn, however, Sometimes a player's head is in the wrong place with confidence etc. Adjusting to the Prem from some league in Europe is a big leap. if the Hoff has got his act together in training and now better understands the English game then what do we have to lose. I'm sure MM knows what he's doing. I do wish people would give the guy the credit he deserves. Remember.....he turned this club around post Hoddle (Shudders). I am sure that with Hunt, Jarvo (assuming he's not an Arsenal Player) and Kights that the big lad would get plenty of crosses to play with. Crouch was IMHO very underated but he always scores goals. Lets see what this lad really has to offer then we can make a judgement. Lets be honest....none of us have seen enough of him to make a real call. And No...I'm not a rose tinted Wolves fan...I say it as I see it. If we play Crap, I say we play crap....If we play great I say it. Discussion is all about opinions...the fact that we don't all agree makes for interesting discussion. As long as it stays adult then its all good. UTW PS: I know its only one game but boy oh boy...the table looks good :)
Rustmonkey
 

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