Is The Season Over Yet?
Hey folks! Is the season over yet? TC must have taken some treatment against fleas, cause I was knocked out already in March after the Bolton game and didn’t come to my senses til recently. To be a flea or a bee is no way easy or free, believe me!
Nobody supporting Wolves had a nice time last season, though. The team did not reach its potential and several players held their heads between their knees, not the right position to score and win games.
But enough with the past now. Like most teams, apart from Pompey, Wolves got a future and my opinion is that it look as bright as the sun in July.
Let’s face it. We’re down there now. There’s only one way to go now but up and we all have a ticket to that ride. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying that its gonna be easy – I’ve just heard that eigheen out of the twenty-four teams competing in the Championships the upcoming season has played in the Premiership – and you can bet on that all of them are thinking they’ve got a chance to knock on the door and get in there again.
So Ståle Solbakken it is. The first manager in Wolves history from outside of the British Isles. A bold move from the board – no matter what they say. Ståle means steel and that is exactly what we need this season. Solbakken – one of my norwegian friends tells me – means sunny hill. That sounds good aswell but his head looks like a sunny hill without grass and unfortunately it does not make a good habitat for fleas so I have had to look for other accommodation.
I will not be able to watch all games this season but I will report from the ones I attend of course. My reports will not be as frequent as they usually are, but maybe more interesting as I will discuss tactics and formations more than before. I believe this will come naturally as Mr Steel and his young sidekick Johan Lange are said to be accomplished in this area, something we are not used to as Wolves fans, at least not for the last six years or so.
So what do we know and what could we speculate on about the upcoming season from the facts we already got?
It’s a new start. Ståle will present new and fresh ideas and he and Lange will transform the way the team play – hopefully and very probable in my opinion, to the better. I read somewhere that Ståle is a 4-4-2 guy. That’s not true. He usually form his teams in a modern 4-2-3-1-formation or a 4-4-1-1 dito. As a former star midfielder in Norway he will have a better eye for how to play in that part of the field than MM and TC had. That is important. Perhaps not so important in the Championships as in the Premiership, though, because much less of the action is played out in that area in the Championship.
I hope for a more direct approach in play and that the team can move fast forward from the middle of the pitch as well as from the wings. We have the runners who can play that game if they only are instructed to do so. I would like – as before last season – that a proper inner midfield playmaker is brought into the team. Wolves do need a playmaker as much as fish need water. Again though, more in the Premiership than the Championship.
Everybody is complaining about our back four but that is not completely fair in my book. They were often laid bare and alone by an absent midfield last season and a couple of seasons before that. We need to build a team with the same idea on how to play and I do hope that the roles and responsibilities between the midfield and the back line is sorted out once and for all.
Many of the players from last time we were in the CC are still with us. They are better and more experienced today, but they must not forget the enthusiasm and hunger that kept them going forward then. Without that in the team we risk to stay in this league a lifetime. Much of this spirit is brought to the players from the supporters. We are catalysing energy by our behaviour on the stands. Don’t forget that folks! They need us, perhaps more than ever in the beginning of the upcoming season.
If we want to see Premier League football on Molineux in the foreseeable future we must not take notice of the shortcomings of individual players first hand, but to applaud the things they do well. That’s the proper way to bring up a child as well as elevating a football team.
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