Pre Season Thoughts
It was no surprise to me that Wolves decided to put Sam Vokes out for sale and sold Adlène Guédioura to Forest.
Let’s face it. Vokes looked like a future star striker when he first came to us from Bournemouth, but he could not fulfill that first promise and will not be able to compete with our other strikers for a place in the first team. Will he end up in Burnley or maybe Brighton? I don’t know, but I wish him good luck in the future. He is a hard working professional and deserves the best.
Many supporters believe that Wolves did the wrong thing to sell Guédi to Nottingham Forest. I’m not one of them. He is a force going forward and has a very good right foot, but having said that we must not forget his shortcomings. Sometimes he is sloppy with the ball and he is not as good in the defensive work as going forward. He often tries to hold on to the ball too long and loses it to an opponent, sometimes starting dangerous counters. We have several midfielders better than him. Good luck to him, though. Maybe Forest can get more out of him than we did, it will be interesting to follow his career.
It seems that the pre-season tour to Ireland was a success as usual. I wish I had the opportunity to visit Bray ones again. I was there a couple of years ago and it’s a gem of a town with a beach a mile long and beautiful houses (some of them public)
A clip has been published by the club from the match against Bray – which as you all know by now – resulted a 5-1 win for Wolves. Not surprising at all and the result is not important. What is important is how the team played and what changes by Solbakken that can be spotted.
I think two things are visible as changes in the way Wolves play under Mr Steel. Firstly he wants the full-backs to be full wing-backs, moving up high following their winger. The winger often play back to their companion who will get a better position to cross the ball into the area. It was very fruitful in this game.
The other thing that’s noticeable is that the whole team is higher up the pitch than we are used to. Partly that may depend on the opponents, of course, but I think we will see a further forward going Wolves this season with only the central defenders and maybe one of the midfielders left behind. That results in more options when attacking and we are able to press our opponents better, but of course also a vulnerability at the back.
I like both these changes and look forward to see more of this and other tactical dispositions made by the new management.
UP THE WOLVES!!!