Matthew Thomas Jarvis.
A Middlesbrough lad, plucked from Gillingham just 3 years ago and has risen and kept rising since. Wolves fans have watched him change dramatically during his spell at Molineux. He was axed from his first club Millwall as a youth player but then Gillingham saw something in him and took him on as a trainee. He made his full debut for the Gills in 2003 and went on to be a regular in the side for the next 4 years. In an odd coincidence, he scored his first ever league goal against his future employees in a 1-0 defeat of Wolves at the Priestfield in 2004.
After being touted by many a Championship and a handful of Premier League clubs, Wolves got their man in 2007, 1 year into McCarthy’s current tenure. Like I said, we as Wolves fans have seen this winger change his playing style over the last 3 seasons. Following his early setback with hernia trouble, he managed to cement a steady rise in appearances from season to season. From starting out as a bit of a push and run type winger, it took a long while for Jarvis to develop his technical ability. In 2006, much travelled and former teammate Steve Claridge said Jarvis’ main strengths were his mental quickness, pace and ability, but, of course, he isn’t the strongest or tallest of players.
But let’s get to the here and now. Jarvis has cemented his place in the Wolves side as our out and out winger option. With Michael Kightly sidelined for the foreseeable future, Stephen Hunt has been brought in to provide Jarvis with a helping hand going forward – another out ball if you will. He has rapidly grown into a confident player technically, moving past players with ease and delivering killer balls into the box. We also rely on Jarvis for our corners from the left side. He has probably been our best player this season and has had a lot of attention in the media and with pundits. They see Jarvis as an old style winger, getting to the by-line and feeding balls into the box. But he is also a great outlet on either wing, he has tremendous work rate and has popped up with a couple of goals and a handful of assists. It means Wolves have a player who is worth a whole lot when going forward and supporting his defenders. Oh, and did I forget to mention, he’s English?
So, as with a lot of English players in the Premier League that get a lot of media coverage and praise, the visit from headmaster Capello to your humble abode to watch you play comes as a welcome surprise. His intentions? To see if your worthy of gracing his star studded squad of players at Wembley for a game of football. And so, we Wolves fans believe, after a few visits from the Three Lions boss, that Jarvis warrants a place in that very squad following some superb performances in the Gold and Black shirt. And we believed. But the man who failed a nation in South Africa just a few months ago thought otherwise. Jarvis missed the cut.
Why? Well, you tell me.
Lack of experience? No, because friendlies are used for players on the fringe or players on the cusp of the best 23 English players to show their stripes. How else are players like Jarvis expecting to gain this experience? A number of players that have been picked offer minimal amounts of this experience.
Lack of quality? No. Jarvis has proved his quality, to many pundits across the land. Why would Capello insist on visiting Molineux on numerous occasions if there wasn’t something about Jarvis? Whenever he gets the ball on either flank, as a fan in the stadium, you feel as though something will happen. He looks forward and so do his teammates. Without him, Wolves create less, and have less impetus going forward. His delivery into the box is now on a par with Milijas, which, in the closed quarters of Wolves fans, is a very good thing.
Because he plays for Wolves? No. No. No. No need to explain that one.
Not playing enough football? One debutant who made the squad has played just 20 MINUTES of first team football this season. I’m not going to bother telling you who he plays for.
Like I said, you tell me. I’m sure Capello won’t explain himself.
Written By Leon Kendrick