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McFadden joins Wolves for training

Striker James McFadden has joined up with the Wolves squad for training.

The Scotland international has been heavily linked with us for weeks and is a free agent after being released by Birmingham City when his contract expired at the end of last summer.

Despite only being 28-years-old he's been left on the sidelines so far this season, which could be due to the fact that he has previously suffered damaged cruciate knee ligaments 13 months ago and now no-one will take a risk on him.

But just like Owen Hargreaves proved last night for Manchester City, some risks are worth taking and with our current problems up front perhaps this one is worth taking at the moment?

The Express & Star have suggested that he joined up with the squad earlier this week and hopes to impress boss Mick McCarthy.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 22 2011

Time: 2:45PM

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Definately sign him, if he does enough to impress MM. We have seen that the front line is lacking with a couple of injuries, we missed out during the transfer window I know, but deal with the now!
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22/09/2011 15:05:00

Definately sign him, if he does enough to impress MM. We have seen that the front line is lacking with a couple of injuries, we missed out during the transfer window I know, but deal with the now!
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22/09/2011 15:05:00

Although I am getting worried Akela, that is the second blouse shirt on your header pictures!
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22/09/2011 15:07:00

Although I am getting worried Akela, that is the second blouse shirt on your header pictures!
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22/09/2011 15:07:00

Although I am getting worried Akela, that is the second blouse shirt on your header pictures!
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22/09/2011 15:07:00

Although I am getting worried Akela, that is the second blouse shirt on your header pictures!
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22/09/2011 15:07:00

Any strengthening up front can only be a good thing... Fletch's absence proved how lean we are ... still amazed we let Keogh out on loan, he is quality (if not a clinical finisher) Still, I'm eager to know why we arent starting with Foley and Zubar, or Craddock even at the back cos I have yet to see a good performance from Berra, Stearman or Elokobi. Tough game on Saturday, but these seem to be the games we rise to, and I can only hope for a repeat of last year where I was the only Wolves fan in pub full of Scousers when we only went and stuffed em..... COME ON YOU WOLVES !!!
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22/09/2011 15:09:00

Any strengthening up front can only be a good thing... Fletch's absence proved how lean we are ... still amazed we let Keogh out on loan, he is quality (if not a clinical finisher) Still, I'm eager to know why we arent starting with Foley and Zubar, or Craddock even at the back cos I have yet to see a good performance from Berra, Stearman or Elokobi. Tough game on Saturday, but these seem to be the games we rise to, and I can only hope for a repeat of last year where I was the only Wolves fan in pub full of Scousers when we only went and stuffed em..... COME ON YOU WOLVES !!!
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22/09/2011 15:09:00

I have already commented on this question in the forum, which is an issue we might have to consider: running themes in parallel dilute the debate. However, AdMant's point widens the discussion. We clearly need an additional striker, as the absence of Fletcher last Saturday had an adverse effect on the balance of the whole side. When I have watched McFadden play against us I thought he was a good player and am pleased to see that we might sign him up. Clearly Vokes is not good enough and Keogh is worse. AdMant is being kind to him, valuing him for the contribution he made to WW in our promotion year. For all his effort (and he is a tireless runner: a key MM concept but even he was aware of his limitations) he possesses neither the skills nor the predatory finishing instincts of a PL striker. I am not sure of SEB either. I, too, am wondering where Zubar is (Foley is injured). He would certainly improve our cutting edge going forward. And what about Doherty? It's a pity all our defenders stand on their left leg and swing at the ball with the other one. Supersparkes recently wondered whether AdMant was a WW fan or not ... well, he's just shown that he is a very brave one.
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22/09/2011 16:13:00

I have already commented on this question in the forum, which is an issue we might have to consider: running themes in parallel dilute the debate. However, AdMant's point widens the discussion. We clearly need an additional striker, as the absence of Fletcher last Saturday had an adverse effect on the balance of the whole side. When I have watched McFadden play against us I thought he was a good player and am pleased to see that we might sign him up. Clearly Vokes is not good enough and Keogh is worse. AdMant is being kind to him, valuing him for the contribution he made to WW in our promotion year. For all his effort (and he is a tireless runner: a key MM concept but even he was aware of his limitations) he possesses neither the skills nor the predatory finishing instincts of a PL striker. I am not sure of SEB either. I, too, am wondering where Zubar is (Foley is injured). He would certainly improve our cutting edge going forward. And what about Doherty? It's a pity all our defenders stand on their left leg and swing at the ball with the other one. Supersparkes recently wondered whether AdMant was a WW fan or not ... well, he's just shown that he is a very brave one.
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22/09/2011 16:13:00

I don't think SEB has been given enough match minutes to prove, beyond doubt, whether he can cut it at PL level. Doyle has had plenty of non-matches ,too. In fact he's due a performance, himself.Not to mention a few goals.
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22/09/2011 16:35:00

I don't think SEB has been given enough match minutes to prove, beyond doubt, whether he can cut it at PL level. Doyle has had plenty of non-matches ,too. In fact he's due a performance, himself.Not to mention a few goals.
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22/09/2011 16:35:00

Well, SEB did play a lot in our first PL season. Last season he did OK as an impact striker and he does make an effort but we need someone better than that. Fletcher could do the job but he needs good service.
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22/09/2011 16:55:00

Well, SEB did play a lot in our first PL season. Last season he did OK as an impact striker and he does make an effort but we need someone better than that. Fletcher could do the job but he needs good service.
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22/09/2011 16:55:00

SB i have said before Fletch is are best goal scorer but to me our problem is the amount of oppertunitys we create which does not seem to be a lot considering we play with 2 wingers. We have decent enough forwards but without the service their not going to score how many times has Doyle or Fletch got the ball on the halfway line. I agree we need another striker Vokes is not good enough ? is still out over Seb but with out the service we are not going to score whats happened to Jarvis why are we playing Kightly he is all over the place at the moment where is Hammil MM needs to change things.
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22/09/2011 21:45:00

SB i have said before Fletch is are best goal scorer but to me our problem is the amount of oppertunitys we create which does not seem to be a lot considering we play with 2 wingers. We have decent enough forwards but without the service their not going to score how many times has Doyle or Fletch got the ball on the halfway line. I agree we need another striker Vokes is not good enough ? is still out over Seb but with out the service we are not going to score whats happened to Jarvis why are we playing Kightly he is all over the place at the moment where is Hammil MM needs to change things.
kiawolves
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22/09/2011 21:45:00

Team to play Iiverpool hennesey Stearman if Zubar not fit Johnson Berra Ward Guedioura Hunt Hammil Ohara Doyle if want to hold ball up Fletch if want to score and Milijas. I think this team has a bit steel in md but also a bit flair to try and open Liverpool up.
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22/09/2011 22:13:00

Team to play Iiverpool hennesey Stearman if Zubar not fit Johnson Berra Ward Guedioura Hunt Hammil Ohara Doyle if want to hold ball up Fletch if want to score and Milijas. I think this team has a bit steel in md but also a bit flair to try and open Liverpool up.
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22/09/2011 22:13:00

I hope that MM does make some changes to the team for Saturday! It seems to be a common trend on here that Hammil needs to be in the team, as both Kites and Jarvo aren't cutting it at the moment!
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23/09/2011 08:35:00

I hope that MM does make some changes to the team for Saturday! It seems to be a common trend on here that Hammil needs to be in the team, as both Kites and Jarvo aren't cutting it at the moment!
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23/09/2011 08:35:00

I agree with kiawolves's team selection and with SS's view of the respective merits of the three wingers ... on current form.
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23/09/2011 08:41:00

I agree with kiawolves's team selection and with SS's view of the respective merits of the three wingers ... on current form.
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23/09/2011 08:41:00

Well according to reports this morning, mcFadden has been offered a 12 month incentive based contract. Nothing on the official site as yet though!
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23/09/2011 08:56:00

Well according to reports this morning, mcFadden has been offered a 12 month incentive based contract. Nothing on the official site as yet though!
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