Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Joe Mason has effectively become a forgotten man at the club following Fosun’s Portuguese revolution under head coach Nuno Espirito Santo.
Having come in from Cardiff City back in the January 2016 window, Mason did a steady if albeit unspectacular job for us, scoring eight times in 21 starts (18 substitute showings) but with the fortunes of the club changing, so did the 27-year-old’s.
Loan spells out with Burton Albion and Colorado weren’t exactly successful and he hasn’t had a great time of things out at Fratton Park on a half-season loan spell with Portsmouth and former gaffer Kenny Jackett. He’s made one starting appearance for them, with two showings from the substitutes bench so far in the season of 2018/19.
Speaking recently to The News recently, Jackett said Mason’s future at the club would be decided as late on as possible in the January window as he assesses his options but Mason has also been ruled out of five games I believe with a groin injury in recent times.
“I will definitely leave it as late as possible. Goalscorers and forwards are difficult to come about. You have you look after the ones you’ve got, 100 per cent. I know he can score goals and I’ve seen that many times myself in the Championship. He can do it with the right backing and the right run. We won’t be rushing when we have to make that decision. It’s obviously his call and Wolves’ call. There are three parties in it – the two clubs and the player – and everybody will have a say. From my own point of view anyway, we’ll deal with it when we come to it. There’s a lot of water under the bridge between now and then – it’s not something I’m really losing any sleep over. His goalscoring record is very good at a very good level. He’s still in his mid-20s and will come good again.”
Some fans might be torn on Mason given how far we’ve moved on from him, but he put a shift in and it would be nice for him to find some form and get back to playing regularly again now and scoring to get himself back on track.