Date: 11th July 2015 at 7:21pm
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Wolves are now back on UK soil after their pre season camp in Clairefontaine where they gained a couple of wins against third tier French teams and gave a taste of first team action to a few new faces.

They now face a series of four games against English opposition before the season opener in the Championship at Blackburn on August 8th. The next three Saturday’s see them take trips to play at Burton, Shrewsbury and Doncaster with a Molineux friendly against Villa on July 28th.

The games in France saw Jon Flatt get some useful experience in goal but it would be a worry that the reason he did so was because Carl Ikeme was absent with injury. Although it was not thought to be a serious problem for the number one, it highlighted how important it is that another keeper is brought in before the season starts, and there should be some movement on that during July.

And there was injury disruption to the defence too with skipper Danny Batth not yet ready to play after the injury he picked up at the end of last season. Wolves have generally been pretty sound defensively under Jackett’s management and the likes of Doherty, Batth, Stearman and Golborne can now be considered experienced defenders. Alongside them there are a few promising young players including Iorfa, Hause and Ebanks Landell who all got a few games under their belt last season. Young French defender Sylvain Deslandes has also now come in but may not be immediately ready to challenge for a first team place. We wait to see if Jackett believes the youngsters give him the competition for places he would want for the new season, or whether another new face is bought in.

In midfield Wolves certainly have a quantity of players but it will be key to see if they have the quality needed o compensate for the loss of Sako whose contract expired at the end of June, and we will find out soon which Premier League team he will be joining. Conor Coady from Huddersfield, and Lee Wallace from Portsmouth are the new signings this summer to add to a long list of players already on the books. That list includes McDonald, Edwards, Price, Evans, Henry, Van La Parra, Saville, Rowe, Ismail, Boukari and Graham. It has already been decided that Ismail and Evans will be going out on loan, and maybe the time is overdue for hoping Boukari will ever get fit. And time will tell if last summers signings Saville and Rowe can make more of an impact in their second seasons at the club compared to their first. Coupled with that Kevin McDonald has been linked with a move away and suddenly maybe the midfield army is not so big after all.

In attack there can be few better strikers outside the Premier League than Afobe and Dicko so the only concern is the lack of cover for those two. With Leon Clarke having moved on to Bury and Liam McAlinden confirmed as a loanee to Shrewsbury, it’s little wonder Wolves have been linked with a few strikers this summer and a new face looks likely in the coming weeks.

I am sure there will be a few Wolves fans joining me in making the trip up the A38 to Burton next Saturday to see a live match for the first time since May as supporters as well as the players get ready for the new season.