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Pennant Frustration

I was never convinced by the capture of Jermaine Pennant by Wolves gaffer Ståle Solbakken.

I know that with Slawomir Peszko, Razak Boukari and Stephen Hunt all injured, Solbakken was left with just Bakary Sako as our only fit true wide player in the squad.

But I still didn't like the move, despite it only being an emergency three month loan.

The 29-year-old former England Under-21's international has had a chequered career over the years, right from his move from Notts County to Arsenal he has always remained a controversial character.

Through multiple driving offences, a short stay in prison, an electronic tag, a relationship with a glamour model girlfriend which ended with another police incident, relationships with soap actresses, to abandoning his Porsche outside a Spanish train station for five months after reportedly forgetting he owned it, Pennant hasn't ever been one to dodge the spotlight.

An undoubtedly gifted footballer, it's all the baggage that I have to admit I was concerned about, but after eleven appearances, he hasn't swung me into thinking we should try and sign him on a permanent basis next month.

"The ankle problem affected his match fitness so the next time he got the chance, he had to show he was ready.

"I think he was a little bit unlucky - he wasn`t picked for the Bristol City game when we performed well, then we had a very good second half against Birmingham and a good game against Middlesbrough.' Solbakken told the Express & Star.

He added: "So he`s also been a little bit unlucky in not being there at the right moment. He came in when the season turned the wrong way for us so it`s not just about him, it`s also about team performances.

"He`s a little bit frustrated but he`s been very positive as a person."

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 20 2012

Time: 10:00AM

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Don't slam the door on the way out. In other news, I see the rumour mill is linking Mick with his ex-players. It does sound too good to be true that we could shift Zubar and Stearman( and Big George had he not been injured) for money, rather than them leaving for nowt. Giving MM the benefit of the doubt, if he feels that those players are better than the ones he has at Ipswich and can improve his squad and team as a Championship entity, then fair enough. If, however, his chairman is aiming higher and expecting a play-offs finish for his spend, then loading a team with players so palpably short of PL standard, could leave a person to assume Mick's learned not a thing from his stints with us and Sunderland. Promotion itself can't be viewed as 'mission accomplished', if the only choice a club has is to spend way beyond it's means, trying to build a new team in a close season that stands a chance of competing in the Premiership, or attempt to stay up with minimal additions to your squad and hoping that 'putting a shift in' will keep you up.
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