Date: 7th September 2006 at 6:12pm
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Rohan Ricketts was Glenn Hoddle’s
first full signing. An Arsenal academy graduate, the pair had first linked up at Spurs, and Hoddle wasted no time in securing his signature as soon as Spurs releasd him in the Summer of 2005.

After an initial period where he impressed most who saw him play, he found himself on the fringes of Hoddle’s first choice eleven, but never became a permanent fixture in the Wanderers starting lineup.

As a player who models himself on the worlds finest, Ronaldinho of Barcelona, he has often spoken of his need to build up a rhythm by playing regular first team football, which toward the end of Hoddle’s reign he was denied.

But now through hard work and endeavour, he has impressed the current manager enough to be singled out for a few words of encouragement.

‘When I came in I just got that feeling that people didn’t seem to speak too highly of him but I think he’s done remarkably well.’ Mick McCarthy said this week.

‘He’s had to adapt a little bit, he’s a midfield player who’s been used more as a winger, but he’s done that well and I think when he came on for the last 15 minutes of our last game against Luton he did really well.

‘He’s got a lot of ability, no doubt about that, but he’s also been putting a really good shift in as well.’

If Mick can get the very best out of Rohan, and do so on a regular basis, he may have some player on his experienced hands.

Anyone that saw him run the game against Reading at the end of the 04/05 season can testify to that.

Aspirations to emulate Ronaldinho may be seen as far fetched by some, but you can’t knock his high vaulted ambition.

And if Wolves benefit with dazzling displays of Rohan at his best, the mocking voices will get quieter by the game.