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Clean slate for Milijaš

It has emerged that Ståle Solbakken tried to sign Nenad Milijaš for Bundesliga side Cologne last season.

The 29-year-old struggled to hold down a regular first team place at Molinuex last season and the Express & Star have reported that talks were held over a possible move before former gaffer Mick McCarthy opted against it.

You would have to imagine then that when Nenad Milijaš learned that Ståle Solbakken would be his new manager at Wolves he was one of a few who were actually smiling rather than shrugging their shoulders and asking who?

It isn't much of a leap to come to the conclusion that Solbakken could well be a fan of Milijaš and if that is the case he must be looking forward to the new season.

The Serbian international is in the final year of his four-year contract at Wolves, but unlike some signings, particularly from abroad, he has settled happily in Wolverhampton and perhaps he may well now go from the fringes of the squad to being offered a new deal?

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The Journalist

Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 20 2012

Time: 1:00PM

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It is not at all remarkable that appreciation of Nenad's class has to come from across the North Sea. At home, hard graft and putting a shift in have been more valued criteria when it comes to making it into the first team.
lovesW
It's not just a lack of appreciation of his skills that kept him out of the first team. There's the full appreciation of the fact that his performances were substandard, to consider,too. Same with AG and AH;they were all given ample chances to impress, and failed to. Like Jody, though, as soon as they were out of the team, they were touted as the answer to all our problems- until they played. Ned is undoubtedly a player of considerable touch and passing ability, however at the pace he plays, he needs far more time on the ball than he's ever likely to get. He's also been a complete liability when we're not in possession. ALL midfielders have to defend, not just some, and it's when we need to chase back that his chronic lack of pace is exposed.I think the fact that he's going to start with the proverbial 'clean slate' with the new boss, is (or should be) a moot point, in that all the players are entitled to expect that. I want them all to succeed for us, Milijas included, but I think we need to be a bit more balanced as to the reasons behind certain players not playing in Mick's first team. They all were given a chance and as a squad failed. If SS can get the Serb, the Algerian and the Scouser to turn in the kind of performances we'd like them to, then fantastic. Let's not get expecting miracles from the Viking though.
winstonsmith84
...so Ward, Foley and Edwards were a success? Even the top teams have such a one as Nenad now and again, but that in the complex of 5 or 6 fighting lions not tame wolves. It comes to the awful defending again.
lovesW
No, lovesW, I don't think they were successes either. The thread was about Milijas though, so I kept it specific, other than to mention that the squad failed. I never rated the 'quality' of our squad, the three names you mentioned being part of the reasons for that. The fact that we couldn't defend, made the inclusion of NM a luxury we couldn't possibly afford to have on the pitch.That doesn't mean I rate Edwards- I don't... in any capacity. But the criticism I outlined of Milijas is he has been just too slow, both in execution and movement. I'm not sure a new coach can make much difference to that, but, as I said, I hope anybody who plays for us is a success. That doesn't mean i'm holding out any hope for a total transformation of players (whoever they are) from last season.
winstonsmith84
Brillinat one minute, where is he the next? I remember before the Brum FA cup game at home, several "fringe" players were given a place to prove their worth, he was appalling that game along with Hunt... and remember that was against championship opposition too!
gregory house
The problem was not just with Milijas it was with 8o'% of the squad they were championship players and not good enough for the PL. But after three seasons of struggle MM was still deluded to think they were good enough and their lies the problem not just the players but the manager as well.
kiawolves
I recall MM stating once that 'now NM has adjusted to the pace of the PL'. (That Nenad himself had said it too counts for nothing). But even so, even if that were so, I agree that his class is a luxury - but only because, as Kia points out, he is surrounded by Championship players, which therefore makes it all the more necessary for him that he should improvise as a tackler and chaser of the ball....and he is pure class. And I don't think it would be SS's fault if he does not make a fighter out of him. So the only way I see that he can retain, or gain rather, a place in the team is if SS succeeds in bringing in players with an abundance of the qualities Nenad lacks. Then he can play the Charlton, the Platini, the Netzer role.......... you are right,I am dreaming.
lovesW
 

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