Sam Vokes: It was good to go away to Leeds and get some games

The Wolves striker Sam Vokes seem to have gained in strength being out on loan to Leeds United. The E&S has published an interview with him and with manager Mick McCarthy.

I’m loving been back. It was good to go away to Leeds and get some games under my belt. Now I feel fitter and stronger for that. You always want to be playing Premier League football. If you’re in and around the squad at Premier League level that’s great experience.”

“The main thing when I came back was to be in and around the squad – if I hadn’t been then I probably would have gone out on loan again. In the meantime it’s looking good and hopefully I can get some games. Chris (Iwelumo) wasn’t playing much – like I was at the start of the season – so he’s gone out. It’s good for him to get some games. From my point of view I have to take that chance and hopefully be involved more.

Sam Vokes also said a few words about the reserves game against Villa yesterday.

I thought we played well in parts but we didn’t take our chances. If we had done early on then it would have been a different story.

Mick seem to believe a lot in Vokes abilities.

Big Sam Vokes went out and played and, to be fair, Sam came back and looked sharper and better than the lads that weren’t involved. Big Stefan (Maierhofer) had his operation, so out of the three big ones, Sam was the better of them. That has allowed us to get Chris (Iwelumo) out on loan now because he desperately needs some football too.

It looks like Sam Vokes now is number two in the pecking order among the strikers at Wolves. Is that a sign of weakness among forwards? Yes, probably for now.

But then we have to remember that Andrew Keogh is still to come back after injury and that Iwelumo very well can surpass Vokes in the pecking order as he gets some more match training at Bristol City. Signing “The Hoff” was probably a mistake in McCarthy’s desperate hunt for a tall target man last summer. And Ebanks-Blake has had his chances and didn’t take them – or is he still in Mick’s plans?

Sam Vokes actually could fit very well into the 4-1-4-1-formation Wolves are playing now, as a lone striker. But it is not probable that he will play more than a few minutes at the end of a game as long as Kevin Doyle is fit and kicking.



~ by paddytheflea on February 17, 2010.

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