There are still a few days left and I don’t want to curse things, but it’s been a satisfying January transfer window thus far.
Wolves have added the pacey striker to compliment/deputise for Nouha Dicko and it looks like Bakary Sako will be hanging around until the end of the season.
Promising youngsters are emerging all the time and key personnel (like Scott Golbourne) are returning from injury.
I just wonder how far this squad might go this season if it can reach anywhere near it’s potential?
Neil Lennon was the shot in the arm Bolton needed. He’s taken the Trotters from the very bottom to midtable after picking up the slack from Dougie Freedman.
Much of that upward trajectory owes to a splendid home record that sees them unbeaten at the Reebok under their new manager.
Like Wolves, they don’t score a lot of goals but they have acquired the capability to keep things tight at the back, until the 4-2 loss at Rotherham in midweek anyway.
Adam Le Fondre has arrived from Cardiff this week. He’s a useful player and a proven goalscorer at Championship level. Eidur Gudjohnsen and Emile Heskey have also come in to help beef up the attack.
Nouha Dicko’s omission from the starting lineup didn’t raise too many eyebrows last weekend, which is testament to our hopes for Benik Afobe.
It was a tough game for the former Arsenal man to walk into with Charlton opting to keep every man behind the ball, but he showed glimpses of promise.
I suspect Kenny might rotate Dicko back into the team for this one though, if only to keep things fresh and competition for places high.
Kortney Hause struggled when pressed in possession, so it was no surprise Scott Golbourne came in to give us more forward thrust.
However, I think the emphasis at the Reebok will be in keeping things compact at the back, which will likely mean the youngster retains his place.
The Reebok is a more fearsome venue than it’s been in recent times, but Wolves have picked up their away form of late and I feel confident.
We’re not scoring enough goals, which is a concern but that’s partly down to how teams setup against us, particularly at Molineux.
I think Bolton will try to press the ball and play at a high tempo, which Wolves have notoriously struggled to cope with, so it will be an interesting barometer of progress.
I’d like to go all out for the win, but I think it might end up another closely contested draw.
Up The Wolves!