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Wolverhampton Wanderers Players Playing For Their Own Premier League Survival

After Wolves were related against Manchester City it would be easy for the team to just fold and give in the rest of their games this season. But the players however have a lot still to play for, that is their own personal Premiership survival.

Take their most recent game against Swansea (and what a game). Being down 3-0 and 4-1 it would have been easy to just give in to Swansea and lose because points are not relevant anymore. But Wolves do have strong players that are of Premier League quality, who may not prefer playing in the Championship next year and would like to still visit Anfield or Old Trafford, or potentially even play there. Wolves have players that have really impressed me over the last two seasons, players that if given the right opportunity could become reliable on the right team next season.

Matt Jarvis was one of the key players in the game against Swansea, scoring two big goals. He has been a regular the last two season in midfield at Molineux and shown that he has the potential to continue on next season in the top flight and maybe (if given a chance) earn himself some caps for England in the future as he is only 26.

Take Wayne Hennessey. He really has proven that he can handle the demands of playing goal next season, and might be a very attractive signing to a team with an aging goalkeeper (Spurs perhaps?) providing he stays healthy.

Steven Fletcher is a striker who may not seem very attractive to most teams but take a look at his number this season. Fletcher has 11 goals in 31 League games, which puts him on the same level as Frank Lampard and Luis Suarez. Fletcher may not do everything technically perfect, or have great touch but does that really matter if you are able to score goals?

This is not just a situation that Wolves players have to deal with. Players on teams still in the relegation battle need to impress down the final two weeks of the season. They need to show bosses who may lose players in the summer transfer window that they can be appetizing targets.

Blackburn’s Junior Holiett is already having his name mentioned in rumours about him signing with another team next year. It may be in Italy, but Holiett does not want to falter at the end of the season, have Blackburn relegated which could lower his stock value to a top team. Paul Robinson and Yakubu are two players with Premier League experience who might look like good inexpensive signings to fill a hole in net or at striker. Or even young Grant Hanley who scored the winner at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. He could be a very strong defender for a young team next season.

QPR, Bolton, Wigan and Aston Villa all still have not guaranteed promotion and while the players have a battle to keep their teams up, they also need to pay attention to their individual performances. A poor showing could result in a wage cut come time for their next contract if they are playing in the Championship, while a strong showing could mean a nice wage increase.

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  1. Ralphdog

    30 April, 2012 at 10:33

    “Fletcher may not do everything technically perfect, or have great touch but does that really matter if you are able to score goals?”

    Clearly you have not watched him very often. He has a great touch and is probably our most technically gifted player. He is more of a touch-player than a battering-ram centre forward. He is also good in the air (as most of his goals prove).

    Playing alone up front (as he has done for much of the season)relies on having a good touch and being able to control and hold the ball up.

    But you are right that many relegated players will want to move on. However, that usually ties in with their club’s need to sell players. Flatcher and Jarvis do not NEED to be sold. All Wolves players will now be on reduced salaries. If they want to move that may add difficulty but they are under long-term contracts. Any Wolves sales will be under our conditions. We have no need for a fire-sale.

  2. cornelius roastbif

    3 May, 2012 at 04:47

    Wolves need to sort out the back line. Steerman was one significantly improved player in 2012 but clearly there is poor communication in the defence. Mr preferred team would always have included an out and out back like George Elokobi who did well for us last season. Foley and Ward just haven’t been a good fit. Milijas was always out of favour with Mick although one of few players when allowed to push forward you always felt might score goals. Our inability to score goals was as much a reason for relegation as the sloppy defence however and sadly its clear that while SEB is a first class championship player, he carries too much weight for premiership success. Why we didn’t use Stephen Hunt more also defeats me. Always threatens and gives 110%

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