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What I'd Do At Wolves This Summer

Friday 17th June 2011
My 1st and 2nd articles were going to be interviews with footballers that will remain unnamed until they are posted, but Graham contacted me and asked me if I'd like to write about what I'd do at Wolves over the summer and I thought "why not?!". I was asked for 200 - 250 words, but when I was done with the 1st team, I'd written 544. That was keeping it to a minumum!

However, because of Graham being busy sorting out the website, he asked me if I'd like to post my full article without the editing and I thought I'd take the opportunity.

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Looking at the current squad, I'd say we're in for another tough season in the Premier League.

If my dreams came true and I was somehow given the managers job, this is what I'd do:

With only 2 goalkeepers, I'd definitely bring someone in to compete with Hennessey for the number 1 shirt. With Ikeme being the other choice and I've never rated him. I think we're better off dipping down into the Championship to find Hahnemann's replacement. I'd quite like to see Keiren Westwood come in from Coventry. I wouldn't surprised if he did come. He's Irish after all.

Moving onto the defence, I think we should get rid of Stearman and Berra and bring in 2 new centre backs. I've heard Matthew Upson, Richard Dunne, Jonathan Woodgate and Anton Ferdinand mentioned as well as Roger Johnson. For me, I'd take Upson , Dunne or Ferdinand. Upson wants a move to the Premier League after being relegated with West Ham and Dunne is rumoured to want a move away from Villa in search of more 1st team football.  Where as Ferdinand will be moving down the pecking order at Sunderland if they sign Wes Brown and John O'Shea. As for Woodgate, he has great experience, but he'd probably be injured most of the time. Then there's Johnson from Birmingham. £14m? They've got to be having a joke!

I'd quite like to see a new left back come in too and apparently so would Mick McCarthy. I can't see Elokobi or Ward leaving, so what I can see happening is Ward being moved to his natural position of striker. After Doyle got injured and he was paired with Steven Fletcher, he did a great job. With both Wayne Bridge and Stephen Warnock not getting a look in at Manchester City and Aston Villa respectively, I think we would have a good chance at signing those. Out of the 2, I'd prefer to see Bridge at the Molineux, but Warnock would still be a good signing.

I'm moving further up the pitch now and into midfield. With both wings covered, with Hammill and Kightly on the right and Hunt and Jarvis on the left, I see no need for a new winger. However, in the centre, it's great news that the O'Hara deal will be done soon, but I'd still like to see another centre mid come in. There are 2 that have recently been released that have caught my eye. Nigel Reo-Coker and Alan Smith. I think I'd prefer to see Alan Smith, with his abundance of Premier League experience. With a new centre mid coming in, this would apparently pave the way to Karl Henry leaving the club, with QPR keen to sign the man from Ashmore Park.

When it comes to strikers, Vokes and Maierhofer will definitely leave according to the club, with Keogh more than likely leaving too. Personally, I'd loan out Leigh Griffiths too.

We're interested in Moroccan striker Youssef El-Arabi. I've had a look at him and I like what I see. He could be a great signing, depending on how quickly he can settle in the Premier League. He has scored 28 goals in 75 games at Stade Malherbe Caen. He's worth taking a look at on YouTube.

Aswell as the 1st team, there's youngsters trying to break through. Danny Batth, Scott Malone, David Davis, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Ashley Hemmings and Sam Winnall. They're all good young players, but I personally think that they would all benefit from going out on loan to gain further 1st team experience. If any of them don't go out on loan, then they will quite likely get game time in the Carling and FA cups. As for getting into the 1st team, not only will it take time but they will need to prove they are capable of playing in the Premier League and then once there, give it their all to stay in the frame.

I don't really know what else to say to be fair, but if you have anything you'd like to say on any of my views, then don't hesitate to get in touch and make your opinion known. Whether you agree or disagree, I'd like to find out what you think.

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