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Vokes hopes to impress during Burnley stint

Vokes hopes to impress during Burnley stint

Sam Vokes has nearly become the forgotten man around Molineux.

The 22-year-old Wales international came to Wolves 3 and a half years ago and in that time has started just 13 times in all competitions.

He's been out on loan no fewer than five times, with Burnley becoming his latest adopted club.

It's hardly surprising that he has admitted that he has become frustrated at Wolves.

'I've been mainly on the bench this season and despite coming on in games it does become frustrating and there comes a point where you need to get out and play some games.' Vokes told Sky Sports.

That is exactly what he has gone and done and in the past month he has scored 4 goals in 6 games for club and country.

He continued: 'This was the perfect opportunity for me to get some regular football, especially with the Christmas period coming round and all the games that come with it.

'Two months is a good amount of time for me to get my head down and get some games in, so hopefully after that I can get a chance back at Wolves and then it is down to me to take it.'

It's difficult to see what he can do while out on loan to nudge himself up the pecking order at Wolves.

Would he be better off remaining out on loan for the remainder of the season if he can get settled at a club?

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Date:Friday December 9 2011
Time: 11:00AM


I have rubbished Vokes for a long time, citing his inability to put the ball away, the essential attribute of a striker. At this point, one conjures up the image of the appalling miss against MU. However, one should not be rigid in one's opinions and be flexible enough to change them if the evidence warrants it. I watched the Wales -v- Norway match, in which Vokes, coming on as a late sub, scored two great goals. The first one may have looked like a tap-in but, when viewed again, reveals his intelligent movement off the ball. It wasn't by accident that he found himself in the right position to score. The second goal was a more individual effort: he received the ball some way out, summed up the options and threaded the ball past the defenders into the near side of goa ... an instinctive, accurate and well-struck shot. And he is scoring for Burnley too. Of course, one has to decide whether he is going through a temporary lucky streak or that he has matured. I would arge for the latter. If so, I would be tempted to play him alongside Fletcher in a 4-4-2 formation, should the opportunity present itself, perhaps in the cup match against Birmingham. We should certainly include him in our squad in the new year.
09/12/2011 11:39:00
He has just been unlucky when brought on as a sub in the PL. I rate him as second only to Fletch as a central striker. I would not have loaned him out at all; instead, I would have persisted with him until his luck changed.
09/12/2011 21:38:00
He scored when he first came to the club, got called up by his country, scored for them and then seemed to be left out pretty quickly- I think he looked like a great prospect and his misses have probably come as a desperation to prove himself given limited opportunity. As Banks notes he looked great for Wales recently and scoring two goals at international level especially considering how long he spent on the pitch must be noted- add to the fact he is scoring on loan, against the only opposition presented to him can only strengthen his case. Has Mick already marked the players cards? Has he been shipped out in the hope he will score the goals that will allow us to jack up a price or fingers crossed he is a young player with a bright future who's contract we hold? Good luck to him. He wants to do well and he still wants to make it at our club.
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10/12/2011 01:02:00
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