Clipped wings

Reports that Adam Hammill has been told he can leave is further evidence that Ståle Solbakken plans a drastic overhaul in the team’s style of play.

Adam Hammill

Leaving?

With Matt Jarvis still hotly tipped for a move and the uncertainty surrounding Michael Kightly’s contractual situation, it seemed (from the outside) that Hammill would at the very least be an important member of the squad if not the starting eleven.

But that was assuming our manager had any intention of basing his tactics on the use of wingers, which it seems increasingly evident that he does not.

Reports from pre-season friendlies suggest a much more compact midfield, with the full-backs pushing on to offer width.

We’ve even seen Michael Kightly pushed inside to play off a front man, abandoning his usual stomping ground down the right flank.

I think this narrower approach is something Wolves fans are going to need some time to get used to and it’s easy to understand why.

Really, it’s all we’ve ever known.

Going back to my earliest days at Molineux I can’t remember a time when we didn’t have a Robbie Dennison, a Steve Froggatt or a Mark Kennedy marauding down the wing.

In this respect, Mick McCarthy was an ideal fit, bringing back the the good times at his peak with fast, pacey, direct attacking football that the old gold faithful could easily relate to.

Our new manager it seems is foreign in every respect, but we should embrace this, surely?

This is the direction football is undoubtedly heading. Shrewd tactical football, based on keeping possession, maintaining a shape and working patiently to create opportunities.

It’s about time we got on board isn’t it?

Naturally, as a supporter you’re always loathe to lose a player with Hammill’s raw credentials. A pacey attacker that’s willing to drop the shoulder, throw a stepover or take aim from distance.

But perhaps in this new dawn, we shouldn’t panic about the impending loss of such an individual.

After all, wingers are so passe.