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The Man Who Came In From The Cold

Unfortunately due to some technical issues I have only been able to publish this article now.

It had originally been sent in by Crete Wolf on Friday and probably held a lot more significance before Saturday's game against Birmingham than it does now, but perhaps with a look of hindsight it will still create some levels of interest!

With the transfer window now open for a month all the talk has been about the players who may be arriving.

But maybe of more significance to the Wolves faithful will be the return of one Michael Kightly.

I have been keeping tabs on how he has been performing and talking to Watford fans on their thoughts of him as a player.

All of them without exception told of how good a player he was and that he stood out a country mile amongst his peers on the pitch.

He must now be given a run in the team, of all the things our team lacks most of all I think is pace, Kites has that in abundance and can run at defences and could be an additional supply for Fletcher.

Maybe a free role in the 'hole' just behind the striker/strikers and play Hammill and Jarvis on the flanks, Hunt I think has lost form, an affliction which is seeming to affect a lot of our players this season, whereas before he was running around like a 'headless chicken' causing havoc, now he is just the 'headless chicken'.

The teams below us are now starting to win games, its starting to look like a five way fight with Sunderland and a manager who knows something about players and tactics out of sight. Norwich and Swansea have outperformed us on all our seasons in the top flight and look secure, one might falter but not both I think.

Draws are rapidly becoming not good enough, a win at Bolton would have been better than drawing at Arsenal.

We had one more point last year and were rock bottom which suggests that this year will require less points to stay up, but we simply have to stop the rot and start winning, 7 wins might be enough 8 to be sure but looking at the fixtures and the way we tend to perform against the teams around us it does not look like good reading.

The type of reaction needed is I feel one that only comes from fresh blood, be it players or management, if it is to be the latter, I fear it is now to late to change but maybe a new coach to improve confidence and tactics and assist Mick McCarthy might still be enough to give us that kick start we so desperately need.

The cup match with Birmingham is a good test for the players and could boost our confidence, a defeat could see our confidence slide to an even lower level, this is unthinkable and we must win I feel to save our season ,maybe a good cup run with a few decent results things will look a lot different!

One thing I would hope is to see Kites flying at the defences and taking it to them instead of standing off them and allowing vast amounts of spaces for opposing teams to expose our defence.

Two thing we want, 40 points and Kites back terrorising opponents, wondering where this player has come from?

In from the cold? maybe, just maybe.

UTW

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Writer: Crete Wolf Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 9 2012

Time: 10:21AM

Your Comments

I totally agree that the relegation fight looks very much to be a five-horse race. Unfortunately out of the five teams we have by far the most difficult remaining fixtures and after studying them at length I fear greatly for our chances of survival. If anyone thinks I am panicking unduly then go ahead and look for yourself. Even with a very optimistic take on our remaining games I cannot see we are likely to get anymore than 34 points. As I have said on many occasions the decision to spend a large amount of money on ground improvements before building a team good enough to secure our premiership place looks to be worse as the season progresses. I fear for our place in the Premiership and would hate to see our best players leave after relegation.
astraltrader
I think it's four teams now, astraltrader!
Southbank60
As I was checking stats, happened on an interesting one,at the turn of the year last year Blackpool had 25 points and guess how many Norwich have at the turn?,yes its 25 points. Could this be an omen?,same amount of points but worth more as the others including us have less than last year so interesting and still Norwich with a lot to do,our problems though include us having to go to all the bottom clubs and get wins,not draws.UTW.
Crete Wolf
I agree astraltrader,if you look at the fixtures we have some tough ones and away trips to all new teams,I think this year it will be beyond us,if Merlin gets out of it this time I'll be amazed and happy!.
Crete Wolf
If MM keeps us up, I will thank him but my final assessment on his stewardship of the team will depend on how close to the drop we came. If it's by the skin of the teeth, I will not change my current attitude, namely, that it is time for someone else to take over. After all, he would be responsible for the lack of progress and the constant struggle to stay up. In the unlikely event that we survive easily I will offer him fulsome praise and eat humble pie.
Southbank60
QPR are going to throw money at any player they want. Barton couldn't stop telling Henry how much he was being paid, so even if we could compete with the transfer fee, there's no way the M's can realistically be expected to pay anybody twice as much as the top earners we already have.Players like Onuoha know they can sit tight until the summer and command millions in a signing on fee as 'free agents';so if you want him now, then offers starting @50k a week get you into the bidding ring.Thanks to the ever talkative Barton, the world knows the kinds of wages QPR are prepared to lavish upon players, so i'm sure anybody they target will be grateful of him having advertised the fact.Even if Wolves do approach someone first, their agent can still check whether QPR are interested before making a decision on any offer we make.We're in a different league regarding finances, so we can be almost certain that any player we sign, will be someone Hughes didn't want.
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