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Plenty of striking options

Lets go back around 10 months and look at the forwards Wolves had - Leon Clarke, Jay Bothroyd, Craig Davies, Carl Cort and Jemal Johnson. Now lets fast forward to present and 3 of those no longer play for the club, 1 is on his way out and only Jay Bothroyd remains a first teamer.

With Stephen Elliot joining, for a reported 1.1m, the options at Wolves are now very impressive. Andy Keogh, one of the hardest working forwards you will see and a firm fans favourite. Stephen Ward, a talent and certainly one for the future, Jay Bothroyd, the way he responded to Ward and Keogh and fought he was back in, was impressive and a good sign for the future and then there is Freddie Eastwood. A 2m player who has scored at every level he has played. The current 5 strikers certainly looks better than last years effort.

So who will get the nod? The obvious strike pair is Keogh and Eastwood. With Bothroyd and Elliot as back up. Where does this leave Ward? He made an instant impact on his entry to the starting line up but visible tired and saw Bothroyd take his place. He does offer the ability of being able to play on the left wing.
He could find himself loaned out for a few months to gain first team football experience.

One thing for sure, it is nice to have the riches we now have in the forward deptartment and we await the clubs raids on Premiership clubs for a left back and maybe another centre half.

With these 5 battling for 2 spots it certainly does mean the very end for Jamel Johnson and Tomas Frankowski. These 2 will struggle to make it into the reserve team starting line up now, as the strikers on the bench will fill the role in that team to keep them sharp.
There is an air of disapointment about both of these. Jemal scorched into his Wolves career with goals at Burnley and against Luton and of course the beautiful strike v Sunderland but he couldn't step up to next level when Keogh arrived.
As for Frankowski, well a million words have been written trying to explain what went wrong there. It seems likely we will be hit by a 1.4m loss on Franek. A stern reminder of the Hoddle days.

So what do you think, who should lead the line v Watford, should Ward go out on loan or be a left winger?? Register on our forum and let us know.




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Writer: Wonderful Wolves Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 18 2007

Time: 9:11AM

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Ward must surely go out on loan - he is one for the future so I wouldn't want him to be sold. Keogh being given the number 9 is a clear hint that he will be in, presumably partnered by Eastwood. This leaves Elliot and Bothroyd on the bench, unless MM is thinking of a formation change such as 4-3-3 or 4-3-1-2, which I can't see as Kightly and Jarvis on the wings are strengths of the side in a 4-4-2
patrick cothew
Agree with all of the above although it seems such a waste to have Bothroyd on the bench.
Wolfette
Great article and great to see another writer. Top stuff Wonderful Wolves. Hope you provide more articles in the future. I hope keogh and Freddie start. Bothroyd responded really well last season and having him and Elliot and Ward fighting to get a chance it only bodes well for Wolves. Hopefully yyour next article will who plays in defence
WolfMan75
I dont agree with Ward going on loan although I can see the reasoning behind it. When he was paired with Keogh last season they kept Bothroyd out of the team and they were a breath of fresh air. A lot of their play together revolved around clever flicks or one touch play and they opened defences with ease (the same as Keogh did with Sharp at S ****horpe). Ward needs to be in the pack to experience this type of play, whether its in training or the reserves. I know we now have quite a few permutations but Id rather keep them under the same roof. I still think Bothroyd will be the first to crack, the other four strikers want it where as he expects it and I dont think he has the hunger, I hope Im wrong because Id love to see him do well.
The Petton Wolf
 

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