A new season; a new start, for me and Wolves.Â It’s been a long time but I’m going to try and keep you up to date with
all some of the action this season.Â It’s been a funny old preseason, a few comings and goings but of course all the talk has been about the will they-won’t they romancing of Fletcher and Jarvis by Sunderland and West Ham respectively.Â In the wake of this storm Michael Kightly has disappointingly allowed been to slip quietly out the door to Stoke, and our defence is still – remarkably – hardly touched.
We’ve already been told that Fletcher won’t play (no surprise there – apparently he’s still recovering from an ankle injury), but that Jarvis will travel.Â That is as it should be.Â Few will blame either Jarvis or Fletcher for wanting to stay in the bright lights (and shiny payslips) of the Premier League but if they were happy to sign the contracts they did then they should honour them if required – even the sulky Scottish git (quote of the week from Solbakken, who may yet rival Mick if this is anything to go by: “referring to Fletcherâ€™s head, itâ€™s been put back on a little bit because heâ€™s been able to train again”), though realistically the team might benefit from his goals, but unlikely his attitude so surely he’ll be out the door before the transfer window slams shut.
Pre-season hasn’t given us much to go on…or perhaps that’s me being hopeful. Aside from comfortable wins against the mighty Walsall and Bray Wanderers, a loss to Southampton and draws with Aldershot and Shrewsbury hardly suggest Solbakken has really made his mark yet.Â The bookies have Leeds as slight favourites to win this one (get a free bet) and who can blame them, but I’m going for 1-0 to Wolves with a last minute goal from Ebanks-Blake to recall Bothroyd’s screamer last time at Elland Road and bring all those Chumpionship memories flooding back.
One player who has quietly gone about his business in contrast to certain of his team mates (and here I’m also looking at you Christophe Berra) is that consumate professional and thoroughly nice chap Kevin Doyle.Â Here’s to him showing the class we know he has under the new management and giving Wolves a helping hand back into the Premier League.