Category Archives: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves to move for 10 million pound striker in January?

Huddersfield Town striker, Karlan Grant, is reportedly linked to a move away from West Yorkshire in the upcoming January transfer window.

Interest comes from Premier league side Wolverhampton Wanderers. The fee is rumoured to be in the region of £10m.

Wolves have no concerns over goal scorers, with fan favourite Raul Jimenez sustaining his form from last campaign.

Karlan, 22, signed for Huddersfield Town in January 2019. The centre forward has exceeded all expectations since arriving in Huddersfield. Grant netted 4 times in 9 starts, as the Terriers Premier league stay came to an end.

Karlan has continued to impress this season, accumulating 9 goals in 15 starts, ranking him 4th in the top scorer charts in the Championship – helping The Terriers escape the relegation zone.

Huddersfield head coach Danny Cowley has claimed he is not uneasy about the recent reports, linking Grant with a move away from Huddersfield. In a recent interview, Cowley said ”We know that if we are able to get our players into a place where they’re playing at their best then they’re always going to attract interest.

Notwithstanding, the circulating story has not gone down well with Wolves fans. A substantial amount of Wanderers fans have taken to Twitter, to voice their displeasure. Huddersfield’s star striker has been deemed “not good enough” by the majority of the Wolverhampton fan base.

Do you think Karlan Grant would fit into the Wolves attack?

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Is 3 5 2 The New 4 4 2?

This post looks at the emergnce if that is the right word of the 3 5 2 Formation.

Is it the new  4 4 2, which in recent years has become our default, almost formation in the English league?

The 3 5 2 Formation is not exactly new, and has been employed by a number of foreign coaches over the years, with great success.

How it works, is like this and it is accepted that there are variations of the formation, according to the coach or manager employing the tactic.

With that in mind, lets look at some of the teams who use this formation:

Accrington Stanley

AFC Wimbledon

Wolves

Newcastle United

Sheffield United

Czech Republic

MK Dons

The formation relies on the use of very speedy, and effective wingbacks.

Those Wingbacks can either be, Wingers, or they can fullbacks pushed up operating as wingers. Ashley Young is a great example of a winger turned full back over time.

If you are using fullbacks pushed up as wingers, then effectively you are leaving wingers redundant, which is in the case of AFC Wimbledon, who use 3 Central Defenders, primarily because Wally Downes who implemented the system is a defensive coach, so you could almost say he was using a 5 3 2 version, though that is digressing from the point.

The general idea is to play two full backs and one central defender, so that you keep the players positionally as close to their favoured posistion as possible, without too much disruption to the team flow.

The 3 5 2 offers a lot of flexibility to the changing needs as the game unfolds, compared to other formations, such as the 4 2 3 1, or the 4 3 3.

Wolves and Sheffield United are two great examples of this, because both clubs, have progressed through the English Football League Championship and now are in the premiership playing this formation.

It is a system that is very difficult to play against, because when it works well, the team employing it, very often outnumber the defensive team and always have the flanks overloaded through the use of the over lapping ‘outer’ defenders.

This is the reason, that Arsenal, struggled last night against Sheffield United, England came unstuck in their recent match against the Czech Republic, Wolves were able to go to the Etihad and beat Man City 2-0, while Accrington Stanley beat Ipswich on Sunday 2-0 in League 1.

In fact Sheffield United are probably the best example of how this system works effectively, because together with Wolves they have used the system the longest, Sheffield United started using it in League 1, when Chris Wilder took over.

The defending team, have absolutly no idea, where the attacks are going to come from, especially as in the case of Wolves, who employ an attacking midfielder in their version of the system, while Sheffield United, newly promoted, don’t.

It will also be interesting to see, if Newcastle United, continue to use it, because they have just reverted back to it, to cater to the teams strengths and in doing so, their results have improved.

The one downside to the system, is that though you have numbers in attack, should you get caught on the counter attack, if you lost possession, then you are liable to potentialy concede goals, through lack of cover.

Either way the teams listed in this article who use the system, will be worth following and their progress noted this season.

Three players who should be in your fantasy team for game week nine

After yet another week away from fantasy football due to the international schedule, fantasy managers up and down the country will be logging back on to find their team in tatters with injuries and players simply not performing as you’d expect. But heading into game week nine, who are the players you should be looking at bringing in to boost your score?

Allison- The liverpool shot stopper is likely to return in Sundays bout against rivals Man United in The North West Derby. The Brazilian is one of the best keepers in the country, and at only £5.8 million is surely worth a punt this week, especially for those of you who have David De Gea between the sticks, who picked up a groin injury with Spain and is unlikely to feature. With Liverpool’s brilliant early season form and United’s poor start and lengthy injury list, you wouldn’t bet against the Scousers to keep a clean sheet and pick up all three points.

Adama Traore- It finally looks like Adama has added end product to his blistering pace and dribbling ability, making him one of the scariest prospects in world football. The winger has often flattered to deceive during his previous spells in the Premier League, but he has already recorded two goals and one assist in just seven games so far this season. And for just the measly sum of £5 million, Adama could be yours. With 32 points so far, he represents one of the best value for money players on the game. With Wolves’ next two fixtures being Southampton and Newcastle – expect the pacy winger to have a field day picking up points galore.

Callum Wilson- Wilson keeps on improving year on year and looks set to smash his previous best of 14 Premier League goals this term. The England international already has five goals in eight games so far and doesn’t look like slowing down as Eddie Howe’s side mount another impressive assault on the league. At £7.9 million Wilson guarantees goals and has also weighed in with three assists giving him a total points tally of 48, only bettered by four strikers in the league. And when you consider Bournemouth’s next two fixtures are against the Premier League’s bottom two Norwich and Watford, the smart money is on Wilson to continue his early season form.

Dean Saunders Jailed!…

Dean Saunders, the ex Liverpool FC Striker, has been jailed today for 10 weeks for failing to be breathalysed, after being pulled over on suspicion of Drink Driving.

Saunders worked as a coach at Newcastle United, under Graeme Souness and has also managed Wrexham and Wolves as well as being capped 75 times for Wales.

Saunders was stopped by Police on suspicion of drink driving in Boughton, Chester on May 10th this year, but pleaded guilty by letter, on Tuesday, but appeared in Court Today (28th August).

Initially denying both charges at an earlier hearing, he was also banned from driving for 30 months. Saunders is currently working for BT Sport, so could it affect his job too?

The jailing, is a sad hiccup in what has been a good and solid career, as a player, and a steady, if unspectacular managerial career.

The pack are well and truly back, and better than ever

On the 4th May 2013- Wolverhampton Wanderers are relegated for a second successive time after losing to Brighton on the last day of the season, dropping into the third tier of English football for the first time in 24 years.                                                              16th March 2019- Wolves stun United to book their place in the FA Cup Semi-Finals (only their second appearance at Wembley in 31 years) sit 7th in the Premier League, and have a squad jam-packed with exciting European talent.

Wolves have managed to transform themselves from a team going nowhere fast, to a trailblazing side looking towards Europe and a cup final appearance, from the dark days of League One to where they are now its quite staggering.

At the time a season in League One wasn’t a particular disaster after the pain and suffering of back to back relegations. Being the big fish in a small pond suited Wolves, and they still regularly attracted 25,000+ crowds as they stormed to the title, breaking the 100 point barrier and only losing five league games all year.

On their return to the Championship Kenny Jackett steered them to an agonisingly close 7th place finish, missing out on the playoffs by just four goals. However a disappointing 14th place finish in 15/16 brought an end to Jackett’s tenure, just as the Fosun International group had bought the club.

The new Chinese owners first act was to appoint their own man in the shape of Walter Zenga, who would only last till October with the team sat 18th in the table. Paul Lambert was brought in to steady the ship, and that he did, managing to achieve a respectable if not mind blowing 15th place finish and upset Liverpool in the FA Cup 2-1.

With these two drab seasons in the rear view mirror fans had a reason to be optimistic in the summer of 2017, and that was for one reason and one reason only. Jorge Mendes. The super agent had been involved in the Fosun takeover the previous summer, and had slowly started to gain increasing influence in his advisory role. Summer signings included European wonderkid Ruben Neves, strong centre half Willy Boly, skillful playmaker Diogo Jota as well as more homegrown talents Ryan Bennett and John Ruddy, and Mendes was thought to be behind most of these deals.

Manager Nuno Espirito Santo was appointed (another Mendes client) and what followed was a brilliant transformation of the club. With a strong defence, a brilliant midfield and pace in attack Wolves were unstoppable, cruising to the title and a return to the Premier League, with central midfielder Ruben Neves looking like a bargain at just £15 million, his price surely quadrupling as he adapted to English football seamlessly.

This summer saw experienced Portuguese internationals Joao Moutinho and Rui Patricio join the club, as well as Adama Traore, Jonny and Ruben Vinagre all represented by Mendes, further improving an already strong squad. This has shown out on the pitch, as they have been a team capable of troubling the big boys, beating the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham while drawing with champions Manchester City, and look very much to be “the best of the rest”. While breaking into the top six may be beyond their powers this season, they have made an incredible return to the top flight and look very likely to be playing European football next term, weather that be through their league position or cup exploits remains to be seen.

All in all with a manager they adore and players they idolise, it really seems like Wolverhampton are well on their way back.