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I am intrigued by our transfer business so far this summer.

We’ve signed two seemingly very different centre backs in Miranda (a ball player) and Ryan Bennett (a no-nonsense pro).

Hopefully they complement each other and add just the right amount of guile and steel to the spine of team this year.

Our other two centre backs, Batth and Hause, are very much in the Bennett mould, so I get the feeling Nuno Espirito Santo is looking for one of those three to rotate around Miranda as a key figure. I’m guessing Ebanks-Landell will be shown the exit door.

Our third signing, Phil Ofosu-Ayeh, is also interesting. Kudos to those of you who had predicted this signing for a couple of weeks now, but it is still surprising – not only because it is quite unusual for Wolves to raid the German second tier, but also because of the questions it inevitably poses:

1. Who is he?

To answer this, and get some idea of what he would bring to Wolves, I took to the fans’ forum of his former club, Eintracht Braunschweig (eintrachtbraunschweig-fanforum.de). Some seemed indifferent to his departure:

“I was never actually convinced by him. He was very quick but never quite played the right final ball.”

“I think he found his level in the second tier.”

But this is countered by others:

“A good player on the way up.”

“A very committed player with the right attitude. A real shame [that he has left Braunschweig].”

The general consensus (from a 28-page thread) is that he was an extremely quick player who a few Eintracht fans would have liked to have seen more of. His time at the club was marred by injury – he only made 20 appearances in 2 seasons.

Pace is certainly an attribute you cannot have too much of in the Championship. Let’s hope his injury woes are behind him, because if so, we may have just acquired some much-needed athleticism at right back. At times last year our defence felt one-sided as only Doherty was comfortable getting forward.

2. What does this mean for Dominic Iorfa?

A bit-part player from last season seems to have been pushed further down the pecking order. Part of me can’t help but feel a little sad, given that it isn’t often that we have an England U21 international in our squad.

I also hope the new centre-back signings don’t curtail Kortney Hause’s chances, either. Both still have a lot of potential and it is very easy to forget how young they still are.

3. Is the defence now suitably reinforced?

I’m surprised we’ve already signed 3 new defenders. With Silvio potentially still to renew his deal, we could have a very different looking back four come the first day of the new season. In fact, we actually have two complete back fours in our squad currently.

4. Should we now focus on other areas?

A proven striker is a must, surely. And a real ball-playing central midfielder to supply the bullets, as we can’t rely on our wingers all the time.

Miranda and Ofosu-Ayeh are pretty much unknown until we’ve seen them ourselves. However, I do think a mixture of gritty Championship know-how and the surprise element of new players could be a potent mixture. For me, our defence seems to have that now.

One word of caution – I read that Miranda may be made captain. Roger Johnson was the last centre back we signed and immediately gave the armband to, and look how that turned out…

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Comments

  1. Thomas says:

    Great article Chris and promotes some good discussion.

    Bennett seems like a strange signing in the current climate, someone Lambert probably teed up with Thelwell and they chose to do the deal anyway. I’ll be intrigued to see if he actually gets a game.

    Ofosu-Ayeh is another unknown but he looks like the right type of player for that position.Full back is where so much attacking thrust comes from, particularly at home. It’s no coincidence we were completely impotent when playing Coady and Saville out of position to fill the gaps, so I’m all on on this guy. I’d keep Silvio too if it means we play specialist full backs all season. Those two and Doherty with Iorfa possibly offering more cover would suffice.

    Ebanks-Landell must be a goner. There’s no point keeping Batth, Hause, Miranda, Bennett as well as Iorfa who can also play centrally. One, maybe even two of those players will be moved on but EEL must be the prime candidate. I think we’re probably almost done defensively. We need another full back but that might be Silvio.

    Two players for every position across the back:

    Ofosu-Ayeh
    Iorfa

    Silvio
    Doc

    Miranda
    Batth

    Hause
    Bennett

    We definitely need to focus on other areas, namely one or two better midfield players and a striker. Probably a goalkeeper too.

    The exit door should also be quite interesting. Offloading Saville and Wallace to Millwall is a no-brainer decision and getting rid of Williamson and Stearman were both logical enough. I’m expecting some higher profile exits too if we’re truly serious about getting the squad down to a respectable size of 22-24 players.

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  2. Karlir-Johanarnt Kristjanson says:

    – Alexandre Guedes, one of Portugal’s most promising strikers has been linked.

    – If the club only could bring in some world class allround midfielders I would be really happy. That’s what we need now.

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  3. pauluswolf says:

    Wells it’s a heads up or another tailspin of a season – only time will tell.
    Much needed defensive re-inforcements in place, desperate need yet for a quality striker and a McDonald- type midfielder. I hoping young Bourgoyne will step up to the mark as no.2 keeper.
    With these in place we may be getting somewhere -fingers crossed.

    Oh – and my prayers appear to be have been answered – I won’t ever have to see Saville in a Wolves shirt!

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  4. In addition to a ball-playing central midfielder (or two) and, in my opinion, two required strikers, I’m a little surprised the number 10 position isn’t also being cited as an area that seriously requires addressing.

    While both are talented players, I do not believe that either Cav nor Mason are going to consistently provide us with the link-up play, general creativity, assists and goals that is required from a no 10 (I’m assuming Nuno will not be playing two out-and-out centre forwards) – and so, with this being the case (aside from hopefully a couple of proven goal-scoring strikers), there will need a further source of consistent goals within the team.

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    • Thomas says:

      I really like Enobokhare Steve and think he would be worth putting some time into. Once he gets a goal, he’ll be flying. What about Connor Ronan too? He could play anywhere through the midfield, including behind a striker from the little I’ve seen.

      Cav and Mason aren’t bad options in my opinion either. Both have shown they can score a few goals when consistently in the team.

      What about Ben Marshall too? If we go into the season with Cav / Costa / Graham could he play centrally and make a difference?

      Or what about moving Costa inside if he’s still here by some miracle?

      I actually think we’re well stocked at 10 compared to deeper lying midfield positions. We need a player or two who can get the ball off the defenders and play searching balls forward without consistently surrendering possession. And then a striker who finishes his dinner.

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      • I agree that a ball-playing central midfielder or two is a must and is required more than a no 10.

        However, while players like Cav, Mason, Bright and Ronan have all shown glimpses of promise and potential – if we are serious about challenging next season and if the no 10 position is not going to be a luxury one and, instead, the expectation is that whosever plays there is going to be required to contribute on a meaningful level with consistent end product – I don’t think any of that quartet is good enough for what is required. Do you think any of those four would be a safe bet for providing us with consistent end product in the form of consistent assists and goals next season?

        Marshall, on the other hand, I think could possibly provide this kind of consistent end product in a no 10 position. However, such is his energy and, in particular, his excellent crossing ability from wide areas, that I think playing him in a more central role deprives the team of an invaluable source of goals for others.

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      • Brompton Wolf says:

        … a striker who finishes his dinner. Brilliant.

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  5. Steve Showcase says:

    Well..
    I’ve been mega bitching about our defence formore than 2 seasons now and for me it’s all about Miranda ..
    All good teams our built from the back and it would be more than fair to say that we have been like a sieve.
    I agree about Courtney Hause I would like DB on his bike.. EBL is off the page in his parallel universe..
    So, say one really good striker to go? we’ve kept Costa.. Jordan Graham is with us and give or take one of our Portuguese in the middle finding consistent form I think we should be up there for the PL..
    Just to stop conceding is a successful formula in this division and one we have to do to collect points..
    In this case points means the PL where we belong..
    Has there ever been a better chance on the table to get back there?
    I doubt it….
    Fair play Fosun..
    COYW

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    • Brompton Wolf says:

      ….. just to stop conceding ………..

      What utter tosh mate. You can still win a game if you concede, you can still get points if you concede. What you can’t get is 3 points if you don’t score. so, once again, I am praying we get a striker in.

      I would rather see a 4-3 win all the time against a 0-0 draw.

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      • Steve Showcase says:

        You allways seem to want to take me on Brompton
        I wouldn’t say about Costa, Jordan Graham,and state we need a really good striker if I thought we would go up if we just stop conceding..
        You seem to have this kamakasi veiw that it’s better to put in 4 if we only concede 3..
        Let’s put in 4 and not concede any..
        If we gave away 1 or 2 goals as before we are uphill before we can score..
        Most intelligent managers allways stop up the back..
        Thank God Nuno has seen it..

        I really do wonder Brompton if you don’t think we e all been through enough …watching Batth chase around
        like a uncoordinated Dalek was enough for me including the depression of us letting in goals for fun..

        What’s up with you?

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        • Brompton Wolf says:

          I said in a different post that our back line is done and dusted, so I am content with the back, but want a proper striker in. What I disagree with is your total belief that it is us conceding that is stopping us. In my opinion it is not, it is us failing to score more that is stopping us.

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        • Brompton Wolf says:

          I agree with you about Batth mate, and yes it certainly would be great if we did not conced. But we will concede, as will all other clubs. If you look at the end of season table and look at the five teams above us and the 5 teams below us and see what comes up:

          5 Teams above:

          3 conceded more and 3 scored more – so that means they did better than us (they were above us), but they conceded more. But …. they scored more which put them above us.

          2 conceded less and 1 scored the same as us and 1 scored less than us.

          5 Teams below:

          4 conceded more and 1 conceded the same.

          1 scored more and 4 scored less.

          Facts don’t lie, so I take from this……… you can concede, but you must score more than we have done to progress.

          Season has not yet started, so I will refrain from bugging you Steve. Nothing personal mate, I just respond to your posts as they do not look at the big picture!!!

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    • robin says:

      Agree totally with you Steve.
      Personally think, potentially, we have a great chance of promotion this season.
      Think Mendez and Nuno know what they are doing.
      Thank you Fosun.

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  6. StuWolf says:

    If the latest rumour is to be believed (2hours ago)

    My team would be….

    Ikeme.

    Silvio Bennett Miranda Ayeh

    Josh Scowden Conor Ronan Siasse

    Caveleiro Gyro Costa

    Subs.

    New Goalie?
    Hause
    Doherty
    Edwards
    Graham
    Bodvarsson
    Dicko
    New £12 Million striker

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  7. Brompton Wolf says:

    Nice report Chris. I see our back line is done and dusted really. We will continue to concede goals, ALL clubs do, but maybe not so many. Having said that, conceding is not a pre-requisite to losing, so I don’t get my knickers in a twist when we do. What I need to see to satisfy me now though is a goal scorer, a striker who can and does put the ball in the onion bag regularly, a Steve Bull type front man. When we get that I will be happy, if we don’t we wont get promoted. You CANNOT and WILL NOT win a game if you don’t score ….. simples.

    Having said all that, I honestly believe this is our season. A season of progress where we not only get promoted, but we go up as Champions. I BELIEVE. (if a goal scorer is brought in).

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  8. DancesWithWolves says:

    Excellent article Chris.

    As you say, it’s quite unusual for Wolves to raid the German second tier, and it didn’t do Huddersfield any harm, did it? There’s a lot to be said for a mixture of hardened championship players and wild-card unknown foreign signings. If we just had the former, and none of the latter, other teams could easily suss us out.

    I’m not too worried about the Roger Johnson captaincy precedent. He was a bad ‘un to start with and full of himself to boot. He was even peeved that Arsenal hadn’t bid for him. Nuno knows Miranda well and that’s good enough for me. Johnson wasn’t even good enough for the Arsenal ladies team!

    I was always against selling KMac and now I hear his value is supposed to be £7mil. He’s just Nuno’s type of player. Great shame, he would fit in well with this new Wolves era.

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    • Nippy Lobo says:

      Right on, DWW. I was against the signing of Johnson and very much appreciated KMac. I share your feelings! (On Chris’s article too.)

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  9. Paulcooksleftpeg says:

    Defence sorted
    Midfield need quality( or very good) centre mid ball player like dale stephens Brighton
    Forward same as above but a bloke who can score 20+ league goals
    Easy go and find them nuno
    I didn’t think we could actually buy any one until the market was open

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    • Brompton Wolf says:

      Nice one mate. Agree with that.

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      • Clive from Houston says:

        You are very agreeable today, have you conjured up another way to try and cheat your way to winning the preddo league??!!
        Hope the heat wave don’t melt your plastic tent!

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        • Brompton Wolf says:

          I am an agreeable sort of chap mate. I am not participating in the prediction league this season as it is too easy. I would have also won last season if I had not placed 9 (YES NINE) 5-1 predictions for a laugh.

          My tent has certainly melted and the police have been round and I have had to move. I now live in a layby by the A1(M).

          Hope all is well with you in TRUMP land mate.

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  10. Clive from Houston says:

    I went to a fancy dress party last night, with nothing but a girl on my back.
    Bloke on the door asks me what I have come as.
    Told him I was a snail.
    He said what’s that girl on your back?
    I said ” That’s not a girl, that’s Michelle”

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  11. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Is there anyone else we can sign with a silly name? Perhaps Miranda Cape or Blodwyn Giraffe or summat. Rod surely can’t be the next RO-JO There at enough beer left in Wolverhampton for that. The heat is going to me yet. Need a beer

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  12. john Payne says:

    All that talk of needing a striker and no mention of Dicko ? Have we given up on him ? Not that we wouldn’t need another, but just asking………..

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    • Karlir-Johanarnt Kristjanson says:

      – Mason, Dicko and Bodvarsson are all quality players, and Santo claim he can develop the players we already have. Besides everyone noticed that Dicko’s game improved towards the end of the season – so I’m definitely a believer.

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  13. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    We could sign the South African bowler ‘Smuts’would fit in well down Chicagos Pipers Row on a Saturday nite. Wolvo finest birds out and about!

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  14. Sea Pigeon says:

    Calling Dicko a striker falls foul of the trades descriptions act, assuming it hasn’t been repealed,I’m afraid. Tryer yes. Striker No!

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    • DancesWithWolves says:

      Dicko’s partnership with Sako and Afobe in the second half of that championship season was remarkable. Our points tally was good enough for top two. We missed out on the playoffs on goal difference. Briefly in the final match against Millwall we were in the playoffs. After that Sako and Afobe left for pastures new and Dicko was injured at the start of the following season. After a long layoff he came back and struggled, but by March/April this year he was getting back to his best. Dicko to my mind, with the right support, is a 15+goals a season striker.

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      • theDOOGooder says:

        With you on that one DancesWithWolves.

        Which is why, like my good chum Steve Showcase, I would look at taking Sako back just for one season to see if the partnership bore fruit a second time.

        I get the ‘He buggered off so he can stay buggered off’ argument on a strictly moral level.

        But since when has football been ‘Strictly Moral’?

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        • Brompton Wolf says:

          The principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behaviour can always be questioned. Was he right to leave or was that just wrong?

          That must be put down to personal perception surely.

          I think we have now gone past that thinking, the thinking of bringing him back. He has moved on, and we as a club have moved on. He will never return, and in my opinion, nor should he.

          Just saying like.

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          • theDOOGooder says:

            I see that ‘Time Out’ have caught up with the Wolves Flagman at Glastonbury.

            Only four years after I did but who’s counting?

            Well, me actually!

            https://www.timeout.com/london/music/we-went-on-the-hunt-for-glastowolf

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            • Brompton Wolf says:

              Nice one mate. Talking about time outs I think I will in relation to my replies to Steve S. I think I am pissing him off lol.

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            • I ve spoke to them at Glastonbury way back in the late eighties. Well I spoke to his brother who was holding the flag , they are Welshman the younger brother who was holding the flag knew nothing about football

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            • Hey doog … just read that time out piece, the fag that I was on about was the one with the three wolves on , those are the folk I spoke to in the eighties. That flag has been there every year as well . Just watching it now and there’s another one with the new wolves head and some smaller wolves head down the side of it .
              The sun shines on the righteous eh mate ?!

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        • Nippy Lobo says:

          ‘He buggered off so he can stay buggered off’ is considered strictly moral? Sounds a shaky proposition to me! The question is, since Sako left has he performed in a way that suggests we should take him back? Probably not. So, anyway, I’m with the Nos.

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        • Steve Showcase says:

          DG…my old chum ..it’s down to what’s best for the club.. Sako changed games and is a shining light in our current shit league as is Afobe..

          The PL is a different kettle of fish but it must of crossed Thelwells mind once more about Sako..

          Other than Waggy who was a better player down the left?…Jordan Graham the closest perhaps..

          It really is time to get serious and be mercenary about these things for the sake of the club ..
          Pride, principles,forgiveness all become irrelevant when we say we will get back to the Prem
          at any cost….we just need weapons to do that..

          Once we do Fosun should in theory keep us there..

          Strategically sharp and clinical with almost everyone expendable too…

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  15. Paulcooksleftpeg says:

    Heard we are looking at a forward from partizan savo misalotofshots he looks ok

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  16. Paulcooksleftpeg says:

    Now now that’s a bit spiteful don’t want to knock his confidence
    He might be reading this
    Heard another rumour that we are looking at a young Irish goalie not sure which team but they are singing his praises over there his name is paddio doors

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  17. sevlow says:

    Pleased with the defensive signings. We must keep Hause, he looks a very decent player. DB worry’s me a lot when he is trying to play ala Beckenbauer . He is just not a ball playing centre half.
    Midfield and that elusive ball playing player is paramount. That will be probably be our most significant signing.
    We have Dicko, Zyro, Dadi all who can score but it’s not rocket science that if you don’t provide a service then the end result is obvious. However, I still believe a quality striker will need to be added, finding one, and one that wants to come to Wolves, will be extremely difficult.
    We have Costa, Graham, Marshall who are all players that can produce that something different on their day. Add to that Bright and Connor Ronan and things look good, to me anyway.

    Things are looking promising, especially with the recent signings. I am optimistic that we will have a good season. Promotion will be hard to achieve but then we are Wolves and anything can, and does, happen.

    Onwards & Upwards

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  18. mike says:

    What is not being addresses is the size of the squad. It remains far too big to manage effectively. Further proposed additions simply cannot be accommodated, without a serious number of departures. This should not be too difficult

    The fact is that we retain far too much mediocrity. In my view, whilst moving on the likes of Saville and Wallace is great to see, this surely must be just the start. Players such as DB, Iorfa, EEL, Dougherty, Evans, Edwards and Price etc have consistently shown that they are just not good enough to be included in a side with promotional ambition. Now is the time for them to go — assuming of course any one else will have them ! !

    That we still seem to intend to rely on the most impotent strike force in the land for our goal supply seems amazingly stupid. It` s time we stopped making excused for Bod, Dicko and Mason. The three of them were individually useless last season, and there is no good reason to think that either of them will be much better this time round. Failure to replace these hapless individuals with new proven strikers will mean or downfall, no matter who we bring in elsewhere in the side.

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  19. theDOOGooder says:

    I see that ‘Time Out’ have caught up with the Wolves Flagman at Glastonbury.

    Only four years after I did but who’s counting?

    Well, me actually!

    https://www.timeout.com/london/music/we-went-on-the-hunt-for-glastowolf

    So good I posted it twice.

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  20. Clive from Houston says:

    Here comes a bandwagon, whatever the hell that is, so time I jumped on.
    Sako did not want to stay at Wolves. He wanted to go to a Prem club, any club, to try his hand, but if the truth is known, he wanted the big bucks.
    Not knocking him for that, if you can get more money for doing the same job, more power to your elbow.
    It has been two years since he moved on, but also since we have moved on.
    He has not exactly set the Prem alight, and is now two years older, and probably slower.
    Do we need a bench warmer, who has no glittering future as a Prem player, or have we passed him by?
    We need players who will get us out of the second division, and who will help us stay in the Prem.
    For me, Sako don’t fit the bill.
    And, if he did come back, would it be just for the money?
    Our new manager has brought in all new staff, and should do the same with players.
    And I agree with the above comment about Price, Edwards, etc. etc. etc.
    Thank you very much, but now, on yer bikes.
    If we can’t get rid to other clubs, pay them up and adios.
    We can afford it, and it will reduce the squad size to a lean, mean fightin’ machine!!!

    FOwb

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  21. theDOOGooder says:

    I expect you will all be VERY pleased for me.

    I’ve just scooped a couple of hundred quid on Big ORANGE in the Ascot GOLD Cup.

    Don’t bet very often but when the old and new Wolves colours come together I just thought it had to be worth a flutter.

    Any blogger calling in to DOOGooder Towers (Ooops! sorry Twix!) this evening will be treated to a free drink in celebration.

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    • Twixfix says:

      I’ll overlook it this time in light of your good news ( nothing to do with being a Jammy git..!!)

      Ever thought of going into the guessing game business and charging commission on the winners ?

      Well done mate … look at it another way …it’s part paid for your season tickets ..

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    • Bedford Wolf (Flowers Towers) says:

      Oh my word! First on our trip to Royal Ascot yesterday I had to experience BOG going bersek first hand after winning big on said Big Orange and then I come on here and get you bragging about the same thing! Look! Some of us went for Order Of St George. Okay!

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  22. Clive from Trumpton says:

    Cover my airfare, Doogle, and I’m on my way!!
    You could buy two players with what you won……. for the shit!!
    Ha ha
    Good on yer, treat the boss to a nice meal.

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    • RickRack Wolves says:

      Trumpton?
      if so is it correct we’ll be signing:
      Pugh
      Pugh
      Barney
      McGrew
      Cuthbert
      Dibble
      Grub
      ????????

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      • Clive from Trumpton Towers Palace says:

        Only if they are Portuguese

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        • RickRack Wolves (Mike Stowels Bowels) says:

          Is there anyway we can get the list of players on Mendes books?
          then we could blog a “best potential player of the season”
          Fosun will the listen to us & could pay on installments after they lost 9% on their share today

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  23. StuWolf says:

    I just cannot believe this……..

    Police in Nigeria raided a house in Lagos Nigeria and found the occupier hanging from the loft above this pile of £879,000,000
    Us Dollards, GBP and Euros.
    His family says, ” he finally gave up after trying for 25 years to give his fortune away over the internet, text’s and phone calls”

    Feck, Feck, Feck I’m gutted.

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    • Brompton Wolf says:

      Little git did not text me. I would have helped him.

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    • RickRack Wolves says:

      Stu,
      I think thats fake news
      it looks more like mourino’s underpaid tax funds
      Or
      the proceeds from morgans developments in compton plus the monies from the sale of Sako, Afobe – greedy scouser

      Fork cough west brown

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      • Clive from Trumpton Towers Palace says:

        It’s the money Little Ronnie didn’t pay the Spanish tax man!

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    • See, money doesn’t always bring you happiness.

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  24. DancesWithWolves says:

    Snippet from an informative Bournemouth blog about miss-firing Afobe:

    “The 2016/17 season was not a brilliant campaign for the former Wolves striker Benik Afobe, but he did manage to play a fair few games towards the end of the season for the Cherries and his goal tally rose to six, while he had three assists from 31 appearances. He is still finding his feet at the club in my opinion and has to find another gear to really be the main man at AFCB, and if Defoe joins the club as expected and Josh King does not leave for Spurs, he could have to spend plenty of time on the bench in the new season.”

    The article goes on to state that Afobe might be loaned out once Callum Wilson comes back from injury. I’m not saying we should try and sign Afobe. His head is not right and anyway he can at least expect a loan deal with the likes of Brighton or Huddersfield.

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  25. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Hey Doog- just watching Glastonbury on BBC 4-The fantastic Pretenders on AND the iconic Wolves flag with the 3 Wolves in crowd in usual place!

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    • theDOOGooder says:

      Hey Cheese! Yes, I saw that too.

      I really must get back there and do another film about whomever is underneath it.

      Pretenders great, Royal Blood awesome, Kris Kristofferson, a legend, but should have done Glastonbury 20 years ago.

      Looking forward to the Foos.

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  26. Someblokeontinterweb says:

    Well let’s get it on 2018 here we come.

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  27. Clive from Nigeria says:

    With regards to Afobe
    See Sako above, and any other ex player who sees Fosun’s supposed war chest.
    Fuck ’em
    If they think Crystal Palace and Bournemuff are bigger, better clubs than Wolves, then bollocks to them.
    And here’s a question.
    With all the Chinese purchases of English clubs, why have none of them bought Leyton Orient???

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  28. Bedford Wolf (Flowers Towers) says:

    As mentioned to some of you – Twixfix, DOOGooder, Newark Wolves, StuWolf (maybe others too?) – I am going to bring Mrs BW to a home game before Christmas with an overnight stay at APV with dinner in the hotel on the Saturday night.

    It would be great if as many bloggers, with or without their better halves but preferably with, could come along too. She has only met BOG and Clive from the blog before.

    The two possible dates I have earmarked are 21 October v PNE or 25 November v Bolton.

    Could those who might be able to attend let me know if you have a preference please?

    Cheers.

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    • Twixfix says:

      Can you just let Mrs BW come up…. not you as well..!! Lol

      It would be nice to meet the ‘beauty’ side of your partnership ( and probably the brains too )….

      I would think either dates would be ok for us….

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      • Bedford Wolf (Ron Flowers Towers ) says:

        Cheeky!

        Will wait till get other responses and then confirm.

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    • StuWolf says:

      Jack Price, EEL, Wallace or Saville can’t make either date.!!!

      Me and the good looking side of our partneship are ok for both dates.

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      • Bedford Wolf (Ron Flowers Towers ) says:

        Cheers. Will confirm to all once I get all responses.

        Jack Price? Is he off too?

        Has Lonergan gone?

        Any takers for Gladon? Or Evans?

        Next season;

        Ikeme, Burgoyne +1 (Ruddy?)

        Ofuso-Ayeh, Iorfa
        Miranda, Batth
        Bennett, Hause
        Silvio, Doherty

        Saiss, Coady
        Oniangue, Ronan + Edwards

        Costa, Marshall
        ????, Enobakhare
        Graham, Cavaleiro

        ????? (Assombalonga?), Dicko, Bodvarsson + Zyro

        So that’s an experienced back up keeper to rival Ikeme, a creative attacking central midfielder and a striker. Then the squad would be complete and set fair to storm the league and finish as Champions and we can all be off to Sunderland for a last day celebratory party!

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        • StuWolf says:

          EEL to Sheff Utd
          Wallace & Saville to Millwall
          Price to Portsmouth

          Bennett, Miranda, Ayeh and Josh Scowden in.

          Come July 1st there will be a reckoning like non other seen at Molineux.

          Out with the old in with the new.

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    • theDOOGooder says:

      I think we’re OK both dates mate.

      Look forward to meeting your MUCH better half.

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    • Newark Wolves says:

      Hi Dave
      Sorry to be the odd one out but me and Susan couldn’t make the game in October as we are flying back from Dublin that day and wouldn’t be back in time. Could definately make the other one though.

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  29. someblokeontinterweb says:

    I know this won’t come as a surprise to most of you BUT this is what’s really wrong with football world wide. Taken from the BBC sport website this morning.

    Galatasaray have made a bid for Chelsea midfielder Mario Pasalic. The 22-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge in 2014 from Croatian side Hajduk Split but has never made a first-team appearance. (Milliyet, via Express)

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    • Bedford Wolf (Ron Flowers Towers ) says:

      Absolutely agree. Last season Chelsea had 34 professional players out on loan. With an active squad of between 25 and 30 that means they have stockpiled around 60 players, more than half of which they don’t currently want or need, and the vast majority of which are foreign. Yet people still wonder why the big 6 clubs are able to control the game and why English football at national level is so dire.

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  30. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    TEN ALTERNATIVE USES FOR PAUL GLADON:1. A part of the sight screen at Lords 2. Being part of a pantomime horse at The Krankies Xmas special Grand Wolverhampton 3.As a scarecrow to ward off hostile seagulls by the subway on match day 4.A human shield when Millwall come to town 5.An alternative Dutch cladding on Mander House 6.An English-Dutch interpreter for the shipping forecast on radio 4 for Dutch vessels 7.A Giraffe house cleaner at Dudley zoo 8.Part of a fishing net to catch basking sharks 9.A campaigner to make clogs compulsory amongst Sandwell Town fans and if they don’t wear them they are sent to fucking prison 10. A bloke who can be used as a translator for stray dogs who disobey orders in English having previously been owned by Johann Cruyff

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    • DancesWithWolves says:

      What about a free transfer to the Baggies?
      I’ll be glad-on all over… that he’s theirs…

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  31. Clive from Nigeria says:

    Yo, Cheesy, are those stray dogs being shown at the dog show, Cruyffts???

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  32. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    OW BIN ya CFN? YES believe it or not my sisters dog looked like Johann Cruyff – well a bit-, in fact not at all really. More like Keith Moon after 22 pints of vodka

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  33. theDOOGooder says:

    Fantastic Pyramid Stage set by the Foo Fighters!

    That’s the way Glastonbury SHOULD be.

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  34. CHEESEBURGER OF DEATH says:

    Fuckin A Doog – just watched Stormzy on telly – like it off the streets just like punk

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  35. Well, Madam Stroker and myself are on hols at the mo and have been offline and incommunicado for nearly a week. So, I couldn’t wait to get all the info on the influx of exciting new talent flooding through the doors at the Mol And what do I find? One. A German/Ghanaian full back from the 2nd tier of the Bundeslige. Not exactly overwhelming, but good, I guess, to have a specialist full back joining the squad.
    I’ve also seen various bloggers wishlists of positions they want strengthening, but I fear that many have forgotten the burgeoning talents of the likes of Bright, Ronan, Gibbs-White, Ennis et al. I think that these guys are old enough and good enough to be thrown into the fray right now and I wouldn’t want their career progress to be stymied by an influx of players who have already reached the pinnacle of their footballing ability.
    Anyway, I’m travelling around this green and pleasant land for a couple of weeks instead of heading for foreign climes as normal. Had a few days in the lovely Peak District and have now travelled to a campsite near York so we can take a look at that historic city. The sun is shining and all is well…….except the weather forecast. C’est la vie.

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    • Newark Wolves says:

      Hi mate
      Are you venturing anywhere near the historical town of Newark ?

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      • I think we’ve already ventured not far from there, Newark. Derby anyway.But hey, we have to go home yet so maybe I can brush up on my British historical cities. I didn’t realise it was historical, but you would surely know. 🙂

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  36. Clive from Somewhere says:

    York is a bostin city, Wolfo
    If you get time check out Whitby and Durham
    Mrs CFH loved all three.
    FOwb

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    • Whitby’s a definite possibility Clive. But Durham??? Ain’t that up in the frozen north? I’m a southern softie you know, and I ain’t packed my thermals. It’s a bit brass monkeys here at York compared to what I’m used to.

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  37. Clive from Somewhere says:

    Wolfie, you are a wuss!!
    If you go to Durham, you could stop off on the side of the A1 and have a cuppa with Brompto.
    I’m sure his tent will be open to visitors, but make sure you take your own tea bags, coz he was schooled at the Twixfix Catering College, where one tea bag lasts all summer!!!

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    • I have kept an eye open for Brompto’s bivouak as I’ve headed north Clive, but no sign as yet. I thought I saw it once but it was just an old bin liner flapping limply in the breeze.
      Don’t fret about him though Clive. I’ve bought my own tea bags and milk, so I can treat him to a proper brew. May even give him a custard cream.

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      • theDOOGooder says:

        I hope ‘giving him a custard cream’ doesn’t mean what I think it does.

        Have a great hol. Are you trailing the Harley?

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        • You seem so innocent DG. But really, you’re just a very naughty boy.
          And yes, had a brill ride on my pride and joy over the North Yorks Moors to Whitby today. Super it was. Great road. Fine weather. And some lovely fish ‘n chips on the front. What more can one ask for?

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      • Brompton Wolf says:

        I have a couple of partly used ones that could do with a second dunking. If you put in your satnav DL10 7JP, you will see how far away from me you are and if your are near enough for a visit, you are most welcome.

        Oh, the missus drinks Earl Gray so we have loads of them … and coffee… and cake … .

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        • Sat Nav. Sorry Brompto my friend. That’s classed as technology and as such is completely beyond my comprehension. Well, I ain’t got one anyway.
          Just a map. £1.99p from Aldi’s. 2012
          You’re not near Durham are you?

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  38. Bedford Wolf (closet Gooner) says:

    So here’s the plan:

    Saturday 25 November v Bolton

    Myself and Mrs BW will be staying at the APV and dining there that evening after seeing the REAL Wanderers splatter those Northern imposters.

    Twixfix, StuWolf, DOOGooder, Newark Wolves – and your FAR, FAR, FAR better halves (see I can dish it out too!) please note and act accordingly. Could be like a mini-Bloggers Ballbash!

    Any other Bloggers not named specifically here are not excluded by the way and if anyone else is available PLEASE come along too (but let me know nearer the time and if you are staying for dinner).

    P.S. Mrs BW, who used to come to games with me in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s, hasn’t been to Molineux since the last game of the season 2009/10 when we beat Sunderland 2-1 after which I banned her due to her constant moaning all the time about the cold, the wind, the half-time refreshments, the cold etc. She has been warned!

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    • theDOOGooder says:

      Your plan seems ‘a cunning one’.

      Let’s hope we don’t all end up with pencils up our noses and a pair of Baldrick’s old undercrackers on our heads.

      But, dirty pants or not, the PMDG’er and myself will be pleased to join you for a nosh on said day.

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    • Newark Wolves says:

      We will be there Dave, Susan is going to book the hotel tomorrow as by November, Wolves will be 15 points clear at the top of the table and hotel rooms will be hard to come by. It will be lovely to meet Mrs BW and it is good that we will be having a meal in the hotel as it means that you don’t have to walk far like we did at Forest and make me feel guilty for not getting a taxi like you suggested. I forget that you are A LOT older than me 😉

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  39. StuWolf says:

    Nuno Espirito Santo,
    This weeks To Do List……..

    Paul Gladon to his old club Hercules on loan
    Nouha Dicko to Rio Betis £1.5 M
    Saville and Wallace to Millwall
    EEL to Sheff Utd
    Bodvarrson to Go Abroad
    Mason to Bournemouth
    Jordan Graham out on loan

    Going to be a busy man, anyone think it will be the same farce as last year?

    Onwards and Outwards

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  40. Clive from Somewhere says:

    Wolfie, that bin liner IS Brompto’s tent.

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  41. Paulcooksleftpeg says:

    I hope graham doesn’t go out on lone he is one of the players who assist and can cross a ball ? and create something
    Sounds easy but we haven’t got many who can do that part from Costa who I still think might be moving on

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  42. StuWolf says:

    From what they’re saying we could be in for a few more surprises too, it wouldn’t hurt him to get a few more regular games under his belt. Still got a load to offer Wolves.

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  43. StuWolf says:

    That’s Wallace and Gromitt signed.for Millwall.
    Gladon in advanced talks and looks a done deal.

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