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20 Nov 2016 09:29:01
The side we put out yesterday was not too far away from the best starting eleven available in my opinion.

Exceptions would be Edwards for Saville (who in my opinion is next to useless) and Dicko for Bright. Other sensible considerations would be to start Cav who is in my view a very good player, he just needs to settle a bit (he is a good crosser of the ball and creates many chances when he comes on as a sub) . 'Oh' and please let's forget about bringing Wallace on as a Sub.

I think Lambert will sort out the defence to be effective with what we have, with perhaps maybe one change at CB. They just need to be better organised and I think Lambert will sort that.

Also, I would just to those who think we don't need a striker 'open your eyes'We are desperate for an effective goal scorer. I think we had one strike on goal yesterday.


1.) 20 Nov 2016 10:34:50
Quality centre half, creative midfielder and Quality striker in Jan! My team for Saturday, 4.4.2, Ikeme if fit, iorfa, Stearman, Hause, Doc, Costa, Price, Sais, Cavaleiro, Dicko, Bodvarson. Captain Price.

2.) 20 Nov 2016 12:08:33
That's a good shout paul mate I completely agree with that line up.

3.) 20 Nov 2016 13:03:49
Echo what's been said, we still need TWO top quality goal scoring strikers, a creative and verbal leader in midfield who scores regularly as minimum in the window to start moving in the right direction. 😉.

4.) 20 Nov 2016 13:06:23
Good point taken at Preston from a good side who are playing well but we need to start winning matches, Cavaliero played well put some nice balls over should of started with him, Saville was a surprise selection also Wallace coming on before Cavaliero and we seamed to have a bit of luck the last minute when defence got away with giving Preston an open goal it's alright saying we did not let a goal in but it was only by luck.
We need a goalscorer, centre half and creative midfielder with goals in him.
Players to me like Saville and Wallace are not doing it for me at moment when they are given chance, they have to play better or be moved on.

5.) 20 Nov 2016 18:55:03
Me too PT but I don't see Batth being dropped I would like to see Price get a run in the team and if he is good as captain then definitely play him.

Subs Edwards, Coady, Enobakhare, Oniangue if fit, Silvio, Mason, goalie.

6.) 21 Nov 2016 13:47:16
Batth suspended.



31 Oct 2016 22:45:58
Any one of the three on the shortlist would be a good choice. For me they they have all past success on their CV's and they are all experienced Managers (except perhaps Sherwood but he had a very good record at Spurs, which is no mean event) . Yes they have all been sacked at some time but how many Managers haven't. My preference would be Lambert who did a great job at Norwich getting them promoted twice. Please would the people that keep harping on about Steve Bruce move on. Steve Bruce has a far from impressive record overall and Wolves fans didn't want him a few years ago. He's not available move on!




08 Sep 2016 21:32:28
Having listened to Walter Zengas latest interviews I must express concern about his views on implementing a rotation system. In my view the best fit 11 should play every match. By all means rest players if the circumstances dictate it, meaning that if there are 7 games in 22 days then clearly you need some rotation to cope with the demand. However, to play as he has suggested, one team on the Saturday and a completely different team on the following Tuesday, is in my view a recipe for disaster. You need your star in form players, playing, as far as possible, every match. As we all know the Championship is a very competitive league and I can't see us getting very far by extensively adopting a rotation system with up to 22 players. A measure of this is that I consider we would have won both the Rotherham and Huddersfield games (both games I attended) if we had played our best team for 90 minutes and not for only 45.

I am very positive about Wolves generally right now, in common with most of the Wolves supporters but I am also worried about having a strong team but not using them in an effective manner.


1.) 08 Sep 2016 22:38:52
I heard the same interview and I think you've missed the point. I think he was trying to say he now has 2 teams available to him. He said that if needs be he could select 2 entirely different team if required.

2.) 09 Sep 2016 07:06:29
Oh I wish I was the manager, I'd be so much better at it. (Ironic)

3.) 09 Sep 2016 07:38:46
You've picked on one point Jas M, that I used to demonstrate that the rotation policy could involve extensive changes, and Mr Zengas repeated comments in interviews, certainly state that.

However, I am more interested to hear what other people have to say about the rotation policy generally. I know we can't change anything and the Manager will do what he wants to do, but I have to say that the possibility of fielding a side that has Saville, Price and Edwards/ Evans in central midfield fills me with dread, particularly given the players we now have at our disposal.

4.) 09 Sep 2016 07:51:05
Not a fan of rotation, u pick your strongest 11 week in week out, that way they gel together as a unit. Look at Leicester they used the fewest number of players and won the Prem. Walt pick your best 11 and stick with it when possible!

5.) 09 Sep 2016 07:51:50
I think Zenga now has players available to chop and change in order to find the most effective team. Let's be fair, last season KJ didn't really have that option. The way I look at it is that we have strength in depth to cover injuries and suspensions. Zenga won't make wholesale changes every game just 1 or 2 to keep the team fresh, just like most teams do anyway.

6.) 09 Sep 2016 09:39:01

7.) 09 Sep 2016 09:39:44
I suppose his idea is have a squad of equally good players so he hasn't got a best 11 but maybe a best 16 or 17 and we don't actually miss players like we did Graham, Dicko and Zyro. It's too much to play the same starting XI at all times as gets proved year on year. The championship requires depth to the squad hence why we were flawed last season.

If tomorrow we play a front 3 of Cav - Bod - John but Tuesday we plaed Graham - Dicko - Costa I don't think we are playing a weaker side for this level. (when those players are fit obviously) . Then you flip a coin, better to have consistency or better to have players always giving 100% to prove themselves rather than resting on their laurels as they know they're guaranteed a game week in week out which in turn maybe halts progress (Hause/ Iorfa) .

8.) 09 Sep 2016 09:44:26
That makes sense Jas M 1 or 2 changes is good to keep them fresh if need be, but I have to agree with others on here if we play a midfield of the one we played against Huddersfield first half we have no chance the stats showed we only had 25 per cent of the play and that to me tells the story when second half with the changes we made were unlucky not to Draw or win the match, but the damage was done first half and I am sure Zenga will know that.

9.) 09 Sep 2016 10:20:44
Always play your best eleven. I think when we won the league one season we only used 13 players. (i stand to be corrected) .

10.) 09 Sep 2016 16:40:10
Rotation doesn't usually mean massive changes each week just one or two which is probably no different to what Kenny did.

Anyone remember Mick playing a second eleven at ManU midweek so he could keep the best team for Blackpool I think it was on the Saturday. Now that's rotation!

11.) 09 Sep 2016 21:13:20
I think what Walt was trying to say is he could field two strong elevens if needs be.
He won't and never will make eleven changes league game to league game,
we all know that, what he's saying is if any player is injured fatigued etc etc,
He has a replacement, who in his opinion won't weaken the team, or weaken his system.
We all wanted more strength in depth, you got it.
The Zenga bus is comin. get on board make some noise.
Three points and a classy performance.
We can make a big statement tomorrow.




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10 Feb 2017 00:34:38
Agree entirely with PT we should play the best 11 as often as we can. Saville and Evans seem capable of playing above themselves for the special occasion and that's it, then they revert back to being poor players. These two cost us dearly at Burton as they were both very weak and we were left with nothing in midfield. No playmaker so only one option 'lump it'.

I hate the rotation system that does not allow time for any regular familiarity between the players, and often results in weaker teams, and as a result poor results alia 'Burton'

Why highly paid professional footballers are unable to play two games a week I really don't know. I remember when Wolves regularly played three games over the Easter period alone. I could name the team now that played in those games in the 60's, as the players simply roll off your tongue. The best players played in every game.

PL is doing great and my only criticism would be on the rotation system and the replacement of good players for bad ones.

Also on Prince and Saiss they are both good players in my opinion. Why let Prince go on loan and keep the other two donkeys I mentioned earlier. Seems crazy to me!




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31 Oct 2016 23:55:14
Lowwolf, is being the Premiership champions showing a lack of ambition. Since it was Nigel Pearson players who achieved this event.




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03 Sep 2016 15:55:04
Pauls team for Burton Albion would also be my team. Supported by substitutes that must include Coady, Mason and Iorfa. Coady and Mason have both played very well and don't deserve to be dropped but you can only play 11.This is a great problem to have and it begs the question about Dicko when he is ready.




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29 Aug 2016 16:05:40
The E&S article is contradictory. The headline says the bid is rejected but the article says that it is being considered.




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29 Aug 2016 11:40:29
I was at the game on Saturday and as you have said 'bigwolf' the first half was awful and the midfield was almost non existent, and overrun by the Huddersfields midfield players. Saville, Edwards and Price was always going to be a recipe for disaster. In my view Saville is hopeless and needs to go, Edwards has lost his legs so has nothing to offer, and Price had a very bad game.

I was very optimistic about Venga, but I must confess I am now a little worried. He says rotation is the way but I wholly disagree with that, except for injuries and maybe cup games. Surely you need to select the best eleven available and in this way you can develop a strong team who get used to playing with each other. Fitness should not be an issue, these are young guys who should easily be able to play 50 games a season if required to do so.

We do seem to have made some good signings who undoubtedly will strengthen the team.

However, we will not be promotion contenders if we set up with a weak team for 45 minutes in the hope that we can then deploy the substitutes and win the game in the second half (which appears to be happening now) . We need the best eleven at the start with the aim of playing full out for 90 minutes. As I said earlier fitness should not be an issue for these young players. If it is then deal with it at the time, by using the substitutes.





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17 Feb 2017 12:35:55
The way to rectify the lack of shots on goal would be to play Ronan in the number 10 position. This along with playing Price and Saiss in midfield, Costa and Weighman on the wings, and Dicko or Jon Dadi up front. Regretably we don't have anyone else to play up front but I feel Ronan at number 10 would put him in a good position to have a few shots. The defence for Chelsea game would be Ikeme Coady, Williamson, Hause and Doherty.

The above team for Chelsea would be the best available in my view. On the bench I would have anyone except for Saville and Evans, but knowing Lambert both of these players (if you can call them that) will probably be in the starting eleven.





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15 Jan 2017 12:05:04
I tend to agree about Dicko. I would love him to be the Dicko of old but I fear that will never happen. We desperately need a good striker above all else. To continue to play Dicko isn't doing him or the team any good as he continually spurns chances and denies chances for his team mates. Sad I know but I also think he has to go, or at least is rested for a time.




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14 Jan 2017 15:10:50
I likewise don't see much ambition shown by Fosun RKO.7 million of the 14 million you mention went on just one player, leaving the balance of 7 million for the rest.

If you really want to get to the Premier League you have to go about it man fashion and do everything possible to make things happen. Yes, the squad needs trimming there's no doubt about that, and it seems moves are taking place in that direction. After that you do all that is possible, as quickly as possible, to strengthen the team with quality players. I don't see this happening, at best we seem to be considering lower league players who are cheap. Newcastle for example are a team who has shown ambition and show a definite intent of returning to the Prem. If Fosun want it, they should demonstrate that they can make it happen, and leave no stone unturned, and not be led by someone like Thelwell (who gives every reason possible for why things can't happen) . So yes I agree with Paul Tamworth Fosun need to get a grip and show some ambition, to alay the fear that Jeff Shi's words 'Wolves will get to the Prem as quickly as possible and stay there' are not simply 'words' and nothing else.




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05 Nov 2016 19:15:32
Fully agree Jas. We need two new central defenders urgently, and one of them needs to be a leader which is something we need desperately. I think Doherty looks very good when allowed to go forward and I also think CBC will be good if we persevere with him. There were some good perfomance in the second half and there's no doubt we have some good players some with considerable flare ( Cav and Costa) . I don't think the team needs major surgery (as suggested by Don Goodman) . We clearly need another good Championship striker and the central defenders I mentioned earlier. Other than that the team needs good Management and tactics and they need to find a way of performing for the full 90 minutes. Paul Lambert and the owners have plenty going for them let's make it work. UTW.




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01 Nov 2016 10:44:39
Well that's all very negative stuff Wolfie Wild, and I for one don't agree with your comments at all.

Lets look at his record. He got Norwich promoted from League 1 and then took them straight through into the Premiership the following season (all done with very little money) . He then kept them in the Premiership the next year before leaving to take the reins at Villa. At Villa he did OK under the circumstances. He was not given any money by Randy Lerner, so had to rely on a young inexperienced side to try and perform in the Premiership, and as we all know no Manager would be able to succeed under those circumstances. Tim Sherwoods failure at Villa can also be excused for the same reason.

At Blackburn he also did OK working with difficult owners (Venkys) and again no money.

Lets be positive whoever gets the job.