Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 v Charlton Athletic 1

So, a defeat in game number five away at Molineux. Not completely unexpected but a tad disappointing given the respective starts of both sides. We have to be pleased with our start and most would have taken eight points at this stage. Gudmundson's opener gave us all false hope of more points but from following the match online, we didn't sound like we could keep a clean sheet or that we deserved anything from the game. Predictably, James Henry sounded a thorn-in-our-side.

We have learnt already that most of the new signings look to have passed the quality test and and one or two in particular look very promising given their relative youth. However, in terms of squad size, we only replaced what left and we still look short in several key positions to be confident of fulfilling our potential this season. If anything better than 12th is to hoped for we have to have another striking option. Simon Makienok's hamstring pull on Saturday exacerbated an already exposed situation with Tony Watt injured and Igor Vetokele only taking his first steps back on the ball. Without another goalscorer, too much is expected of Ahearne-Grant and I worry that his confidence may suffer. It's also too much to expect the likes of Mikhail Kennedy to spear-head a promotion push if we find we have to use him too.

Guy Luzon is clearly not satisfied with his wide options. Ceballos and Bergdich have done ok but they haven't shone like Bauer and Kashi. The James Henry saga looks off (unless Wolves are cash-strapped) and we are being linked with a last minute move for Norwich's Elliott Bennett. That might suggest that Jermaine Pennant has been used as a possible lever only in the Henry move. That should be clear tomorrow night.

I also believe we need cover at centre-half but suspect Luzon will be happy to go with Bauer, Sarr, Diarra and young Lennon. We are hardly prolific last-minute users of the window and I don't expect this one to be much different. It looks like the die is cast and much will depend on our fortune with injuries....

1 comment:

Dave said...

Well, no-one added before the window closed, so we are gambling on what we have and using limited loan signings to see us through. I suspect that we limit our ambitions for the season and see Guy Luzon really work for his money. He will need to be fortunate with injuries and get the best out of the youngsters he is forced to play on occasions. Perhaps not the end of the world looking at Joe Gomez last season and Diego Poyet the year before. There are certainly plenty of sides with weaker squads than ours in this division.