The Fancast writers have their say as part of a new regular feature on the blog. This week they were asked, which Wolves player is do you think will push on from last season?
Dan Sheriff – @D_J_S1988
This question bought two names immediately to mind. Dominic Iorfa and a my favourite player Jack Price. I’ve decided to go with the choice that I feel will get less attention, Jack Price. A measure of his importance to this side was demonstrated when he returned from his baffling loan last season. He makes this side tick and allows others around him to produce more elaborate performances. I only expect him to improve further and make sure that his name is one of the first on the team sheet, despite our squad currently being awash with quality central midfielders.
Craig Talbot – @CraigWolves
This season is a huge chance for Rajiv Van La Parra to push on from last year. After coming over from Heerenveen last summer he has been a regular in Jackett’s line up and was even named man of the man in his debut against Norwich City. However his form dipped throughout the season and he seemed to struggle at times despite having all the apparent qualities to make a fantastic winger.
Sako’s departure has left a wide berth for another creative winger to step up and take his place notching up both assists and goals, with the latter being something VLP has not been able to bring with him from his time playing in Holland. VLP will know this is now sink or swim in terms of his Wolves career and will take this chance to be a star at Molineux.
Ollie Floyd – @wolves_babble
I think Rajiv Van La Parra will be much improved this season, having had a year to adapt to the English game. We saw early on in his Wolves career that he clearly has lots of ability, but it was more the mental side of his game, at times failing to get stuck in or cross the ball early, that left supporters rather frustrated. With pace and skill in abundance, he surely has the potential to give any full back a torrid time and I’m sure he will have learned from a few of his shortcomings last season to play more a vital role this time around.
Tom Tracey – @tomtracey12
I’m tipping Rajiv van La Parra to kick on this season and impress us Wolves fans. His importance to the team, like all remaining wingers at the club, has increased with the departure of Sako and he will likely get more minutes this season. He managed to score 16 goals in 94 games in total for Heerenveen which shows he does have the eye for goal within him and his pace will be an asset that is so valued in the Championship. It took Matt Jarvis a little while to shine at Wolves and RVLP can follow suit.
David Evans – @devans87
Not one but two. Benik Afobe and Nouha Dicko.
The magic trio has now become the double trouble. Last season Afobe slotted into and enhanced the partnership of Dicko and Sako. However, it’s now a man v man. Afobe will want to push on from his high goalscoring tally whilst Dicko will want to continue his strong end to last season.
Both players will want to be no.1 on the podium at Molineux. When one scores, it will push the other. Wolves will reap the rewards of this friendly rivalry.
David Handley – @DavidHandley
Not sure if he really qualifies for this as last season was a bit of a non-event. I think if you asked Tommy Rowe his highlight of his first campaign at Wolves it would probably be having a photo with me in the WV1 bar before one home match.
But if Wolves ‘Post Sako’ shape evolves to a solid midfield behind a pacey, attack minded front three then Rowe is an ideal fit; relaxed on the ball, good control, passing ability and a footballing brain. All of these attributes could see him nail down the left side spot in our central midfield trio. I predict that Rowe will score 5+ goals this season.