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04 Mar 2021 11:52:53
One thing I've been thinking about recently and not seen mentioned here is in previous seasons when performances and results have dropped off, Nuno has taken the team away on warm weather training. Afterwards things seemed to improve, maybe down to the different environment / team bonding. That hasn't been an option available this season and I wonder if it's another possible variable along with lack of crowds etc. as to why this seasons performances have been different.


1.) 04 Mar 2021 13:09:09
Possibly Alexwolf could be.

I have also been thinking about the lack of goals, apart from a very poor midfield and injuries.

Traorie ( Especially) and Neto tend to do their own thing with the ball and the poor guy in the middle gets no service whoever you put there. Traorie is selfish and dribbles his way around without providing an assist.

I have kittens at present at every opposition corner/ free kick, and all our players are in the box so it comes straight back at us, instead we should be playing the ball out to a teammate.

2.) 04 Mar 2021 13:39:53
Yes the pack are surely missing their “Trip to Spain” for warm weather training.

3.) 04 Mar 2021 14:40:33
Yellowstone, I have to admit I've never understood why we don't have at least one quick player around the half way line when defending a set piece. It gives the opposition a decision to make about how many players they commit forwards, and us a chance to get the ball up the pitch and possibly counter.

There are a lot of times Traore and Neto seem to make the wrong decision when we do attack. With Neto I put it down to experience as he's still young and has a big future in football.

Traore for me is both the most exciting and frustrating player at the same time, as he can make something from nothing and can be the difference in a game, but also he can be very wasteful. I'm always nervous when he dribbles it in our own half though as quite often when he does lose the ball, doesn't get given a foul (rightly or wrongly) and we're caught out. I'd like to see Traore play off the shoulder of the last defender more and look to run in behind more centrally with our midfield trying to put in a through ball. Most of the time he gets the ball it's a stand still and I wonder what he could do by running on to a through ball as well.

4.) 04 Mar 2021 15:56:48
I completely agree with your post Alex, I've never understood why the fashion seems to be that teams no longer leave a man up top on set plays. Like most of these things these days I suspect this is led by some match analysis, but like you I've ALWAYS seen the value of the oppo having to keep an extra man back if nothing else. I also agree on Adama, I love the guy at times but he's hit a brick wall in his development sadly. He's built to power on through it but sadly this wall is more mental. In terms of productivity I suspect he was actually 'assisting' more all round last season. I think Nuno has a decision to make there, we've worked wonders with him from when he came in but come the end of the season it might be time for another coach to try and find a new way to make the man look up when's he's running! 👍.

5.) 04 Mar 2021 16:31:30
Trying to remember, as a club, the last time we had a quality, goal- scoring midfielder? Probably not since Sir Kenneth of Hibbitt! CRAZY! Come on Everton! FWAW.

6.) 04 Mar 2021 17:18:09
Agreed Preston. Also this questions needs answering. Why has it take all this time for Coady to get a nose bleed and venture into an opposition's penalty area? -look what happened-okay didn't matter in the end-but he got on the end of stuff for England, and got on the end of the only decent free kick from Moutinho all season. Is this the manager's tactics again?

7.) 04 Mar 2021 17:31:34
Completely agree AlexWolf, if Traore was hanging around the half way line at corners, there'd likely be 3 players back to defend because of his pace. Its something that has irked me for a while.

8.) 05 Mar 2021 07:12:22
Yes think the same,
When we had Jota Patricio would release the ball rapid for Jota.
This season Patricio hangs on to the ball too long.
The change in rules where you don't have the ball outside the box before another player can touch it on goal. kicks I prefer how it was.
2 of our defenders either side of Patricio in the 6 yard box on goal kicks I do not like.
But I am just nick picking, our season not the best and from players sold not replaced our injuries no crowds our points tally at present could of been a lot worse.
Next season hopefully the crowds back and we will kick on I'm sure of it.

9.) 05 Mar 2021 09:40:03
Completely agree Phil. For me this season is a bit of a free hit as long as PL status remains in tact and I think we're safe from the drop unless we lose every remaining game and I can't see that happening. Clubs without PL money for the next few years could be in for a real struggle.

If we hadn't had the finishes to the two previous seasons, where if we're being honest we've probably over achieved, I don't think we'd be viewing this season quite as negatively. Yes there are issues that need addressing and room for big improvements in some areas, but things could be a lot worse.

I think there are a few clubs in the PL who would happily trade places with our position. Breaking into the top 6 will always be difficult but if we can get to a level to be able to dictate a few games and create and score more, then the future can carry on being exciting. The past few years have been brilliant, but sometimes with progress there can be stagnation or a bit of regression before moving forwards again. We just need to keep our faith in the club and become the 12th man again once fans can get back into the grounds.

10.) 05 Mar 2021 10:46:06
Nice reading your post Alex,

Assuming Jimenez gets back to how he was before his head injury,
A pre season,
Our injuried players Boly the prime one, fit,
New signings in the summer,
The crowds hopefully back.
Next season for us wolves fans there plenty to be optimistic about if you wanted to be.
I am clearly optimistic about fosun nuno and the 10 year plan.
Living the wolves dream I am ha ha.

11.) 05 Mar 2021 19:29:52
Picking up on a few of the comments above re: Traore. I don't think he's selfish as such, more like he's desperate to do on the field what he knows he's capable of. He's bursting with energy when he gets the ball and desperate to do something, but he only sees 2 or 3 metres around him and just can't see the bigger picture. There's no give and go, no running onto balls, no playing off the last man, no composure when he sees sight of goal. He's probably one of the most gifted footballers of his type but definitely the least intelligent. And there is the problem. Can any coach improve his intelligence. Probably not.

12.) 05 Mar 2021 20:27:35
To be fair Dave edwards was a goal scoring midfielder obviously not in the Prem but the other leagues he chipped in with a fair few.




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17 Aug 2021 11:47:10
His criminal record concerns me. I'm all for players having a second chance if they've been young and done something stupid, but his offences are really serious ones. Plus when we have to go abroad for games in pre season (and hopefully one day European competitions) he might have trouble travelling with the squad.




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12 Aug 2021 15:28:09
Doesn't having only a couple of players in the squad signed pre-Fosun, and going from a relegation battling Championship club to a fourth successive Premier League campaign whilst also taking in a European Cup run suggest the right players have been signed by the club on the whole? Or does that not fit with what appears to be an anti-Fosun agenda from one or two with short memories on where the club were not all that long ago?




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14 Jun 2021 16:02:13
TFIOG, I think it was a case of Europe was seen as a bonus at the time and a chance to blood a few younger players to either make the first team or sell on. Whether the strategy worked or not is debateable, but it did give Neto more minutes to develop, and I think the same would have happened with Shabani and Jordao if not for their horrible injuries.

For me it's too hard to say how majorly the club may or may not have gone backwards at the moment. Yes we dropped 6 league places. Yes some players values may be lower, although with current worldwide events that to a degree is out of the club's control. Some of the players retained may blossom under the new coach, with new team mates, and with an extra year of PL football under their belt.

The problem with an upward trajectory is there is always a ceiling and the chance for regression before progressing again.

The main money spent if I'm correct was Semedo and Silva. Personally the jury is still out on Semedo as I can see a player there, but at times not for the price we paid. I do genuinely believe we will get our money's worth on Silva in time. The other transfers were loan to buys and if we don't want them we don't sign them. It gives the option of 3 more loan to buys for the coming season.

There's going to be a reshuffling of the pack and it could go a number of ways depending on the ability of the new coach and the players pulling on the shirt at the start of the new season.




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14 Jun 2021 09:17:41
Jas, You're absolutely right. I got the feeling when we were in Europe the expectation from the board was we may not get to the group stages or beyond it and so the investment wasn't made, in case we had a bloated squad of players unhappy at not getting enough game time and costing additional wages. There was a cautious and reserved approach to it.

If the expectation level from the club is higher next time we qualify for Europe (yes I'm optimistic it will happen again one day), then I think we would recruit additional players within budget to compete on more fronts.




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13 Jun 2021 11:38:24
Thanks TFIOG - the unfortunate thing with Wolves at the moment is if a transfer doesn't work out there are less resources to absorb the impact that has, whereas at a club like City or Utd they have more depth and can afford to move a failed transfer on at a cut price with much less consequence. Hopefully one day Wolves can reach that level.

Good post Jas - it made me smile a bit. I remember the outrage from some fans when Dicko was sold. It didn't work out too badly for us in the end.





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27 Nov 2021 11:49:15
Alan Shearer is about one of the only pundits who is capable of giving an unbiased opinion on Wolves. The others don't seem to have the slightest clue about any club that isn't Man Utd or Liverpool.




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26 Nov 2021 16:08:51
Thanks Arddunby - I really wasn't sure about that one. Looked it up and Withdean was their temporary ground but they were in it for about 12 years after they sold the Goldstone Ground.




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26 Nov 2021 14:47:56
That was a good one Phil - thanks for sharing it with us. A fun bit of trivia is always good especially when there's not much else happening.




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26 Nov 2021 13:32:10
Last attempt from me - Is it that 8 teams don't play at their "original" grounds anymore. Man City (Main Rd), West Ham (Boleyn Ground), Arsenal (Highbury), Tottenham (White Hart Ln), Brighton (Withdean Arena?), Leicester (Filbert St), Southampton (The Dell), and Brentford (Griffin Park).




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26 Nov 2021 11:53:21
Tricky one Phil. I'll throw in a stab that 8 of the existing premier league teams have played over 1,000 premier league fixtures since the league began in 1992, whereas the other 12 have played less than 1,000 premier league games.