As the 2015/16 campaign has so far begun in rather testing circumstances for Kenny Jackett and Wolverhampton Wanderers, achieving promotion to the Premier League this season currently seems an extremely long way off for the Molineux faithful.
Due to a series of questionable moves both on and off the field for Wolves this term – including the loss of key stars such as Bakary Sako and Richard Stearman, the ongoing contract sagas regarding several other players currently still operating at the club, as well as some strange tactical decisions from Jackett himself out on the pitch – the Wanderers currently look a great deal closer to relegation than many initially hoped for.
So then, in light of the recent struggles currently afflicting the club so far across the current campaign, here a six potential signings Wolves should possibly look to land throughout the upcoming January transfer window…
With former Middlesbrough youngster, Stewart Downing, once again returning to Riverside in an attempt to land promotion for his boy-hood team this season, 22-year-old Adam Reach seemingly has less of a chance to express himself within the club’s current first team plans at the minute.
Although Boro certainly wouldn’t be too keen on letting one of their supposed hottest prospects leave for a Championship rival so readily this season, a shrewd move from Wolves’ point of view could see Kenny Jackett try his best to land the wide-man at some point during the current term. Reach hasn’t exactly set the world alight as of yet, but his potential down the left-wing nonetheless represents a decent option for any side looking to acquire his services in 2015/16.
However, considering Middlesbrough’s apparent admiration of their up and coming asset, perhaps Wolves admittedly have a bit of an uphill battle on their hands in attempting to sign Adam Reach this season
Another young, up and coming talent to make an appearance on this particular list arrives in the form of Swindon Town’s 24-year-old star, Yaser Kasim. Wolves’ reported interest in the centre-midfielder may have now depleted somewhat since the closure of the summer transfer window, but that doesn’t mean Kenny Jackett shouldn’t come in for the former Brighton & Hove Albion man once again this January.
Kasim has been labelled the ‘Iraqi Pirlo’ in light of his relative composure in the middle of the park and decent level of ability with the ball at his feet. Although the step up to the Championship could prove tough for the Swindon Town man at this stage in his career, perhaps he nonetheless highlights just the kind of gamble Wolves require at the moment.
He may not prove an initial hit with the Wolverhampton Wanderers faithful on his first couple of appearances of course, but Yaser Kasim could still develop into a relatively successful star of the future – wherever he eventually ends up.
Whilst his former side, Bolton Wanderers, would likely arrive as the midfielder’s first choice destination this season, ex-Hammers captain – Kevin Nolan – could well symbolize the ideal capture for Kenny Jackett in 2015/16.
As Wolves technically wouldn’t have to wait until January to capture the 33-year-old, considering Nolan’s current status as a free agent, perhaps Jackett should ultimately make a move for the vastly experienced Englishman sooner rather than later. Kevin Nolan has escaped the Championship before with West Ham after all, and via his strong leadership qualities out on the field, this is just the type of character Wolves need to rejuvenate themselves both on and off the pitch this season.
Although the Liverpool-born goal-scorer no longer represents a player operating at the top of his game anymore – yet still someone likely to cost a fair amount in weekly wages – maybe Wolves simply have to bite the bullet in the transfer market in order to restore some positivity in and around Molineux before it’s too late.
Wolves admittedly haven’t been linked with Jesse Lingard for quite some time now, but seeing as first team opportunities remain somewhat of a rarity for young players trying to make a name for themselves at Old Trafford, maybe the January transfer window would signal the right moment for Kenny Jackett to reignite his reported interest in the player.
The attacking midfielder has nonetheless impressed somewhat when given the chance to shine with Manchester United, and although the 22-year-old certainly has a long way to go in these early stages of his career, the future ultimately remains bright for Jesse Lingard. Perhaps if he’d graduated among a slightly less prestigious top-flight club than the Red Devils, this man could well have turned into a solid household name by now.
He may need time to bed in at Molineux before truly finding his feet in the Championship, but if Wolves are really serious about gaining promotion this season, then some potential Premier League quality must be drafted in sooner rather than later.
Granted, former QPR blocker – Richard Dunne – isn’t exactly a name to raise much excitement in and around any club at the minute, especially one in the hunt for Premier League promotion in the not too distant future. He is now 36-years-old, with a bizarre own-goal record that simply speaks for itself after all.
However, arriving on this list as another free agent, Richard Dunne could well represent the right level of experience Wolves currently require at the moment. In light of Richard Stearman’s departure from Molineux this summer, Kenny Jackett arguably needs to sure up his defensive options more than anything else this season. The former Republic or Ireland international could therefore offer a worthwhile option for Wolves if other targets fail to materialize this January.
Admittedly though, Richard Dunne seemingly remains a calamity waiting to happen in the modern era – regardless of which club eventually picks ups his services this season…if any!
Perhaps the most unlikely name to make an appearance on this list, arrives as former Wolves favourite – Matt Jarvis. The ex-Molineux star – currently on loan with Premier League outfit Norwich City – was sold to West Ham in the summer of 2012 for a rather unjustified total fee of £10.75 million.
Although the now 29-year-old distinctly failed to impress during his time with the Hammers, Jarvis’ pace down the wing and ability to send in the crosses could easily aid his former club greatly in the Championship this term. It would be a decent coup from Kenny Jackett’s perspective, but probably a rather expensive one at that.
However, considering his recent goal-scoring form for Norwich City at Carrow Road, perhaps Matt Jarvis is destined to remain among the English top-flight for now. His new club certainly seem grateful for his contribution so far.