Matt Jarvis filled all us Wolves fans with pride as he took to the Wembley field in an England shirt on Tuesday. Not only was it great to see a current Wolves player become the first to wear the Three Lions badge since Steve Bull in 1990, he played well too. In his 20 minutes on the pitch he got involved, his touches were tidy, he linked up well with Milner behind him and he won several throw-ins and corners.
It was a wonderful occasion for Wolves fans and it was a fully deserved cap for a player who has been in the form of his life. Now I think we have to brace ourselves for the inevitable – bids from other clubs.
Matt has got a list of attributes that make him invaluable to Wolves and attractive to other clubs. He’s young, quick, dedicated, still improving and can play with equal effectiveness on the left or right wing – a rare thing indeed. If you were Kenny Dalglish and you had just signed a centre forward who attacks everything in the air, wouldn’t a player like Matt be an obvious target?
Of course, Mick McCarthy won’t want to see his star man going anywhere and neither will any of us fans. But the club has always been fair to our best players and that is why they always sign long contracts – as Matt has done – knowing that if a serious bid from one of the big clubs comes in, it won’t stop them from moving. It has been a good policy ensuring our players always give their all for the club, even when there is interest from elsewhere, and that when the offer comes we get the best price.
Liverpool might be interested and they are the type of club where we would have to let Matt talk to them – but they would have to bid big. I wouldn’t begrudge Matt a move to Anfield if the price is right. Teams of a lesser stature can forget it though – whatever the price. If the likes of Newcastle or Everton want to bid £15 million, they can keep their money.
The best we can hope for is that Matt carries through his good form to the end of the season, we stay up and the bids for him that follow can all be rebuffed. Second best would be a huge bid from a club with a stature of which makes it unfair not to let the parties talk. The worse case scenario is relegation and a vastly under-valued offer from a low-level Premier League team which we would have to take.
Thanks heavens he came through the Ghana game unscathed by the way. Losing him to injury for a few weeks would really have put the skids on the survival campaign. Kevin Doyle wasn’t so lucky and losing him to the injury he picked up on Ireland duty is a huge blow. He might not be scoring with the same regularity that he was last season but he has been crucial to the way we have been playing. He works so hard that playing him up front on his own is virtually like having two strikers on the pitch.
However good Doyle has been in recent weeks though, I am confident that we have got sufficient strength in that position to cope with his loss for the rest of the season. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake and Steven Fletcher have both been in good form and amongst the goals when given the chance this season. So this is an opportunity for them to fill the void left by Doyle and they will be desperate to seize it.
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