Risk versus reward

If the reaction of the Stoke supporters can be considered an accurate barometer, Wolves have done great business by landing Jermaine Pennant on loan.

Surplus to requirements up the M6

No sooner had the winger dotted the i’s on a 3-month deal, angry Potters were voicing their displeasure. Here’s an interesting thread on one of their forums.

Many seem to assert that Pennant should not only be staying put, but that he’s been wrongly overlooked by Tony Pulis this season.

But their loss is our gain.

Pennant is a proven Premier League performer and will undoubtedly enhance what Ståle Solbakken already has available.

Both Ben and I stood in the away end at the Britannia a few years back when Wolves went down 3-0 to a rampant Stoke side. Pennant was chief tormentor in that game, so it’s funny to think that he’s now playing for us, in the division below.

It actually takes me back to a signing Mick McCarthy completed in 2008, when he drafted in Carlos Edwards as cover for the stricken Kightly and Jarvis. He didn’t pull up many trees but he did a solid job for us in a handful of games, which contributed to our eventual success.

We can and probably should expect more from a player of Pennant’s calibre.

Talent definitely isn’t a problem, as you’d expect for someone that’s played for Arsenal and Liverpool. The risk is attitude and application.

Any player that takes to Twitter to voice his displeasure and make public the conversations he’s had with a manager must be considered ‘high maintenance’.

And of course that’s exactly what Pennant did this morning before completing the move to Wolves.

I think we all saw first hand last season what a destructive tool social media can be in the hands of an emotional footballer.

Both Roger Johnson (and wife) and Jamie O’Hara upset and alienated sections of the support with comments made on Twitter, which certainly did little to aid the cause of a struggling team.

Lets hope that come January, we’re judging Jermaine Pennant on football and nothing else.

Because if that’s the case, this could prove to be one of the signings of the Championship season.

Welcome to Wolves.