columnist Vinny Banks cannot help but feel the worst for Wolves,
as their prize assets are constantly linked to the Premier League.
As I sit here taking in the early summer sunshine, with pre
season only around the corner, I cannot help but feel the worst for my beloved
Wolves. With prized assets like Michael Kightly and young goalkeeping sensation
Wayne Hennessey, both heavily linked with Premier League clubs – you kind of
sense, if a suitable offer was to come in, that neither will be starting the
season at Molineux.
So what is the right price for the pair? I'm guessing we
should pick up around £10m and for me it is vital that we reinvest that money
straight back into the market and rebuild on the core players that are already
there. Will Merlin do it? Call me negative if you will, but I cannot see Mick
McCarthy splashing out on the quality that we need and those of the same
calibre as Kightly and Hennessey. I may be proved wrong, but on past form I
have my doubts.
Where do we need to improve? For one it is vital that we
bring in an adequate replacement for Gary Breen. Christian Berra of Hearts has
been recently linked and I personally feel would be a good investment at the
back, but I prefer the bulk of the money to be spent on the midfield. We
constantly gave the football away last season and failed to retain possession
for long periods. We lacked that quality in the middle of the park to dictate a
game of football and we were often overrun by the opposition.
I hate to say it but we need to emulate the Albion. The
secret of their success lay at the feet of Jonathon Greening and Robert Koren,
who controlled the game in midfield and as they proved against us they simply
ran the show. I appreciate it may cost a bit of money but if we have any
designs on being a Premier League outfit, then the only way to get there will
be by investing. You have to speculate to accumulate; otherwise you stand still
in the Championship.
One area that is cause of concern for me at Molineux, is the
lack of experience within the squad. You look back to 2003 and with the likes
of Blake, Ince and Irwin, we had winners all over the park and who knew what it
took to win certain games. In the home stretch this season we were crying out
for some strong heads out there, ones who could lead by example and I really
felt that bit of experience could have dragged us into the play-offs this
What about Mick McCarthy? I have continually backed the man
from the start but in the last year I have started to grow disillusioned. His
transfer policy, among other things has baffled me beyond belief, no more so
than the whole Freddie Eastwood fiasco, which has most Wolves fans pulling
their hair out. I feel the time has come for a change at the helm and whoever
does arrive shows far greater ambition.
So what do you think about the current situation at Wolves?
Does our chances of promotion next season rest on Kites and Hennessey staying
at the club? Do you share my reservations about McCarthy? What is the best we
can hope for next season under the current regime?