Delighted at the purchase of last season's loanee, Danielle Lloyd's other half Jamie O'Hara, this Wolves fan is now pinning all his hopes on that all-elusive left-back.
It’s the silly season in football – do you love it or hate it?
It’s a bit like my missus – she’s great to have around for a few weeks, but after that I soon get sick of her, which sums up how I feel about the transfer window. With no football to get us through the summer months (no, the women’s World Cup doesn’t count), ridiculous transfer rumours can be quite fun for a while. But they’re merely a distraction for fans anticipating a new season of disappointment and heartbreak; that is unless you happen to support a successful team, which the majority of us don’t.
This summer what are you hoping to read every time you check your club news each morning?
That Mick McCarthy has realised we’re completely devoid of a decent left-back and signed someone who is a) left footed and b) a defender. Some fans would argue that George Elokobi fits the criteria, but Rupert Murdoch has a better chance of successfully deflecting attention away from News International than Elokobi does of staying in position for 90 minutes, making a decent tackle or marshalling wingers effectively.
What do you inevitably end up reading instead?
Mick McCarthy is delighted with the players at his disposal. I’ll agree if we get that elusive left-back through the door.
Got much cash in the kitty?
Wolves have a fair amount to spend on the new stand being developed at Molineux. But having brought in a keeper on a free, signed Roger Johnson for less than the reported 7 million banded around by most news sources and splashed out around 5 million on Jamie O’Hara, it’s believed McCarthy has to sell before he can buy.
Hulking midfielder? Tricky winger? Big hulking defender? What types of players would you like to sign this summer?
All fans wanted to see Jamie O’Hara, a skilful midfielder who can pick out a pass, beat players and score a few goals, signed up permanently after a sterling stint on loan last season, so we’re all pretty chuffed at that bit of business. Roger Johnson, who was brought in to help shore up our powder-puff defence, will also prove to be a shrewd acquisition.
What types of player will you end up signing instead? An U21 Moldovan left back instead of Spanish international forward perhaps?
I’m quite happy with our transfer dealings so far, although McCarthy is apparently looking to sign Liverpool youngsters Jay Spearing and Daniel Ayala (midfielder and defender respectively) on loan. I don’t know much about either, but I’d certainly welcome a defender more than someone who can play in the middle as we already have a fair few midfielders on the books. Oh, and we need a left-back.
Despite Wolverhampton being voted the fifth worst city in the world by Lonely Planet, no one has expressed a desire to leave.
Who wants to leave the club and what’s your attitude towards them?
Despite Wolverhampton being voted the fifth worst city in the world by Lonely Planet, no one has expressed a desire to leave. That might change if Arsenal lodge a bid of around 12 million or more for our striker extraordinaire, Kevin Doyle. He’s around 27 or 28 now, so I don’t think many Wolves fans would begrudge him a move to one of the bigger clubs.
Who has been the biggest tosser of this transfer window?
Carlos Tevez for spitting his dummy out the pram and insisting he’s not coming back to Manchester City. Fair enough if he wants to return to South America to be nearer his family, but why tie yourself down to a five-year deal with City when signing for the club in 2009? Wasn’t it clear then that his wife didn’t fancy living in England? Aside from putting in a transfer request, the bloke has also managed to alienate all city fans by slagging off Manchester. In short, he’s a wazack.
Reckon you’ll be stronger or weaker next season?
About the same if we don’t sign a decent left-back.
Any other news?
We’re building a new training ground.
What has been the best ever bit of business your club did in the transfer window?
Wolves signed Steve Bull and Andy Thompson (a left-back, funnily enough) from rivals West Brom for a measly 65,000 in 1986. Bully eventually became the club’s top scorer with 306 goals, while Tommo was another excellent servant in the old Gold and Black. Cheers Albion!
And the worst?
We’ve signed some right bloody rubbish over the years, particularly during our long stint in what is currently known as the Championship. But Tomasz Frankowski takes the prize for worst signing, in my opinion. Glenn Hoddle, our manager at the time, dubbed him the final piece in the jigsaw. I hope the bloke was better at puzzles because he was absolutely useless in a Wolves shirt, managing no goals during his time with us. Steve Claridge was another awful signing, having also failed to find the onion bag while playing for us.
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