It’s Groundhog Day yet again for Wolves. But who would have thought that Wolves would be in their current predicament in the Championship? You may not have picked Wolves to be a relegation contender this season. From the Solbakken experiment to the Saunders Continuum, there have been many factors as to why Wolves may have overwhelmingly under-performed. It may require a university style dissertation to break it all down.
Like last season, despite looking down the barrel of another relegation and being potentially the first team to drop from the Premier League to League One in consecutive seasons, there have been some notable performances which need to be praised.
Now in its third year, The Wolves FanCast pundits have put their heads together and come up with a shortlist of players who they feel you need to consider for this award. Previous winners have been Matt Jarvis and Steven Fletcher and we have been lucky enough to present the award to the players in person. Hopefully this tradition will continue.
Notable mentions need to be given to youngsters Matt Doherty and loanee Jack Robinson for their performances in the last half of this season. Their ‘never say die’ attitude on the pitch has re-invigorated the defence and they have given themselves a good case to be the permanent full backs for next season.
Bakary Sako, an unknown entity from St Etienne, has been a revelation on the wings. Wolves fans feared whether they would get a suitable replacement after the sale of Matt Jarvis to West Ham. But they may have found someone better. Not only can he provide the pin point crosses, but also the goals. One of Wolves highest goal scorers this season, Sako’s bolt of a left and right foot has helped in some tight situations.
Roger Johnson had probably one of the worse seasons of his career last year. Being relinquished of the captains armband has given Johnson a new lease of life. Despite his form dipping in recent games, he has provided a couple of crucial late goals to help Wolves secure points in the bank.
A consistent run of games for Sylvan Ebanks Blake has helped him become the teams top scorer this season. Ebanks-Blake was hitting form late on but a broken leg against Birmingham away a few weeks ago ended his season.
Carl Ikeme, a player who has been away more from the Wolves squad then in it due to loan’s, got his chance this season. Usually being the third choice goalkeeper, he was able to step into the gloves following Wayne Hennessey’s injury late last season and was preferred as first choice over Dorus De Vries. Ikeme hasn’t shied away from the role and has produced a string of fine saves, notably against Blackpool away just before Christmas. Sadly, his season ended a few weeks ago after frustration got the better of him. After conceding an embarrassing own goal at home against Bristol City, Ikeme reportedly broke his hand after punching a tactics board at half time.
Following a notable mention last season, David Davis has stepped up to the plate. His vibrant and energetic performances have won over the Wolves faithful, with many fans thinking he should be starting ahead of captain Karl Henry in midfield.
Kevin Doyle’s late season goals and new signing Bjorn Sigurdarson’s performances have helped them secure a nomination in this years awards.
So, now it’s over to you. Use the poll below to vote for the Wolves FanCast Player of the Season award.