Following Four Four Two magazine’s prediction that Wolves will finish top of the league this season, Joe Hill states the case why Wolves have a good chance of finishing first.
As seen by many wolves fans, we were installed as favourites for the title by Four Four Two magazine which surprised many fans. But looking in depth, it could be more accurate than first thought.
Many fans are expecting a play off place this season, but reviewing other squads around us you’d be pushed find a better starting XI than ours. There might be odd area where we’re slightly behind compared to other title contenders but I’m sure we’d be ahead in other positions.
One of our areas that looks really dangerous is the attack. With Dicko, Afobe and Le Fondre up front you’ll be struggling to find a better selection of strikers at this level. Along with Edwards, Henry and even Danny Batth from set pieces I think Wolves have more than enough to compete at the top.
After that we have the midfield, which is possibly the best midfield we’ve had in terms of quality in depth in many years. Henry, Van La Parra, Edwards, Wallace, Graham and Ojo completing the attacking midfielder options, the variety of players is encouraging for fans. In centre midfield is no different with McDonald, Coady, Price, Evans, Saville and with utility man Tommy Rowe to fit in aswell competition for places will be strong amongst midfield.
Defence is another area where Wolves look strong. At full back wolves have Iorfa, Doherty, Golbourne and with Hause and Rowe being able to play comfortably in full back are all good options being able to attack and defend well. Gone of the days of having to make strikers into left backs.
The competition at centre back is also very healthy with Batth, Stearman, Hause and Ebanks-Landell; Kenny has good options as all have first team experience at championship level.
Also in our favour, Wolves arguably have the best manager in the league in Kenny Jackett who has been nothing short of a revelation at wolves in recent years. Unlike other managers we’ve had in the past, Jackett is not a big spender and will only spend if he thinks the player is right fit within squad, which at times has frustrated fans but has always worked out for the best in the long term.
The style of football Jackett has bought to wolves has proved well with regulars aswell. The way wolves keep the ball and can counter attack with so much pace will give teams throughout the league problems all year long.
Lastly, the team has a nice balance between experience professionals like Stearman, Edwards and Le Fondre and younger talent like Hause, Iorfa and Graham but even most of the younger players have around a season of experience at championship level.
Considering all of the above maybe we need to look higher than the play off positions.