Youth Watch: Wolves win after goal by Zele

The Academy Under 18’s managed to win by an only goal in a hard fought match against Stoke at Compton Saturday.

Being a little of a Wolves boogey-team it was no surprise that the game would be hard to win.

in the first half Wolves played well without getting to any clearcut chances. Stoke had a good chance to score on a free-kick by their midfield playmaker Cuvelier, but it was tipped over by the Wolves keeper.

In the second half Wolves target player James Spray came on and started to deliver opportunities for his team mates. Together with a tactic to rip the Stoke defence apart by passing the ball from side to side Wolves began to worry the Stoke defence and create chances.

After the hour Wolves were paid for their efforts when Cranston passed the ball to McAlinden who passed it on to Landell. His shot was deflected on a Stoke defender, but Zele Ismail could reach it by running to the back post and he scored from a tight angle.

Ten minutes later Stoke had a goal disallowed for offside and with fifteen minutes left of the game they put on a second striker to try to level the score.

Eight minutes before time Musungu had a splendid opportunity to do so, but his spoon from three yards out after a Stoke corner went over the crossbar.

So Wolves could hold out to the end and collect three points, making them go from fourth to second place in their league group after Everton, I believe. Four wins with three clean sheets in four games now. Not bad at all!

Before the under 18’s game the Wolves Academy Under 16’s managed to beat Stoke with 5-0. I have not come by any reports from that game, but it sounds like a good game. 😆



~ by paddytheflea on November 22, 2010.

5 Responses to “Youth Watch: Wolves win after goal by Zele”

  1. He was named among the substitutes last match for the Wolves reserves against Arsenal. Does someone know what positions he can play in?
    If he starts scoring goals for our reserves his way to the first team isn’t long.

    • The match that was just played today, you mean?! He was a substitute and he played for some minutes against Arsenal this afternoon and he scored past Almunia after 80 minutes, but the goal was not allowed as the referee saw a foul on Miguel.

      Is he near to play for the first team? No, not this season, but maybe he will be in the first squad for the next and given a chance. He play as a winger – mostly on the right, I believe, but he can shift to the left. Is he better than Hunt? No, not yet. But he probably will be!

  2. It wouldn’t hurt to throw him in at the end of the games. It might be early yet. But to see him play for the reserves after a long term injury and score, is very impressive. I’ve never seen him play, but I read an article where he was compared to Messi, so I guess he has better technical skills than Hunt. Surely he’s weaker physically and premier is a very physical league. It would be nice to get comparisons to Bia and other players in future games – as he is the promised one – our jewel in the crown …even though it’s early days.

  3. He’s at such a pivotal young age that it would be wrong to rely on him just yet. His young shoulders might not take it and he could end up going backwards.

    He is strong for his age though and a great prospect. I’d like to give him playing a few minutes as a sub when we aren’t losing so many.Hopefully in 2-3 months time. I think he should be told beforehand though that it’s just to get experience and give him a taste if premier league football. That should give him the boost to keep the efforts up in the youth and reserve teams.

    He’s too talented to send out on loan as we do with some kids. Robbie Keane didn’t gi out on loan when he came through the youth team and neither should this kid.

    • I agree that we should not send him or the very best out on loan. Villa under O’Neill didn’t and they have developed some serious talent. And I believe that the Wolves management agrees aswell. That’s why they have formed the Development team.

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