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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