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Hoff back in McCarthy's plans?

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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Date:Tuesday August 9 2011
Time: 11:18AM

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Can he play at LB ??
09/08/2011 11:42:00
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
09/08/2011 12:01:00
40 minutes in a friendly makes a big difference??? I dont think so.
Crete Wolf
09/08/2011 13:59:00
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?
09/08/2011 14:01:00
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 ( know what i mean). UTW!!
09/08/2011 14:52:00
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
09/08/2011 16:21:00
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.
09/08/2011 16:22:00
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???
09/08/2011 16:51:00
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.
10/08/2011 06:41:00
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!
10/08/2011 11:31:00
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