As good as Stephen Ward has been this season, George Elokobi has been bad.
Woefully inadequate against QPR in his only start, he was once again a liability on Saturday in a half hour cameo to forget.
So with Richard Stearman now ruled out for a month, Mick will surely look elsewhere to fill the void.
Kevin Foley remains sidelined, so it would appear to be Matt Doherty and Ronald Zubar vying for the shirt.
Well, that is if the latter is back in action himself yet.
The mercurial Frenchman just can’t get fit it would seem, tantalising us all with a cheeky appearance on one of those pointless training galleries the E&S publish weekly, before once again vanishing into the shadows.
I hope he can find a way back soon though because we desperately need him.
Doherty did well in his 45 minute Premier League debut at Anfield, but got horribly exposed in the Carling Cup thrashing Man City handed out to us.
Plus, ‘The Doc’ doesn’t give us what ‘Zubes’ does, which is to say pace, power and personality.
I’m biased of course because Ronnie is my favourite player (if it is still alright to have a favourite player in your late 20s).
Not only is he a direct and highly capable footballer, his unbridled enthusiasm is infectious.
He also happens to be the scorer of my favourite ever Wolves goal – tonking in the second at Upton Park in that famous 3-1 win.
Yes, he makes more than the odd mistake (Bolton away flashback *shudder*). But if he didn’t, he’d still be playing in the Champions League because to quote Louis Walsh, ‘he’s got the whole package’.
I fondly remember him returning last season for the 3-2 home win over Sunderland.
He was immense that afternoon, making blocks, towering above everyone to clear headers and galloping up and down the right flank all afternoon.
We’ve missed those marauding runs this season.
Stearman, for all his defensive qualities just isn’t comfortable enough in possession to play at full-back, so his exit, however unfortunate, might not be such a bad thing.
With only one shot registered at Goodison Park at the weekend, we’re certainly in need of more forward thrust.
Come in Ronald.