Date: 27th November 2014 at 12:07pm
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After running away with League One last season using a settled team, its been a different kettle of fish for Wolves in the Championship. The opposition is tougher, the results are harder to find, there have been more injuries to cope with, some players have been struggling for form, and some new faces have blurred the view on what Wolves best eleven is.

So the team selection for the away game at Brentford at the weekend will be enlightening as Kenny Jackett searches for the combination that will get Wolves back to getting results more consistently. The unhealthy recent trend is for the team to conceded too many, not score enough and not create enough. So when that scenario emerges it has to be the case that nobody can consider their place in the team to be safe.

The one exception to that statement is probably keeper Carl Ikeme who has maintained his standards when most other have been faltering. For the back line Doherty and Batth have been regulars and that will probably remain the case although Batth has had some below par games in recent weeks. For most of the last 16 months Stearman and Golbourne have been the regulars for the other spots. But after conceding 8 goals in 3 games Jackett decided to change that to bring in Ebanks Landell and Tommy Rowe. That appeared to steady the ship and lead to 4 conceded in 4 games. But then the manager decided to recall Ricketts as left back. That was probably to bring in some experience and to take the weight of the captaincy off Danny Batth so he could get his game back on track. But in the two games Ricketts has played Wolves have conceded 8 so that can hardly be termed a successful change. And with Ebanks Landell now having picked up a hamstring injury that will keep him out for three weeks, there will be changes for the weekend. That will see either Stearman recalled in the centre of defence, or Kortney Hause given a chance after his recall from a successful loan spell with Gillingham. Golbourne will hopefully be fit to return as left back, otherwise there might be a return to Rowe.

The midfield picture is also not clear and has not been functioning well either in protecting the defence or in creating for the attack. Kevin McDonald has been the centre point of the midfield since the start of last season but he has not been effective recently and his place could come under threat. Lee Evans has been struggling with a hand injury that is now healing. While new signings Saville and Rowe have not made great impacts. A return to the starting line up of Jack Price who looked so promising last season, has to be a consideration, after he was surprisingly loaned to Yeovil early in the season.

In the more attacking midfield roles the wide positions have recently been filled by Henry and Sako. The Mali international often looks jaded after returning from his African international games, but he will hopefully be back at full pelt this weekend. While the time may well have come for another chance for Van La Parra on the right. He looked a really good signing early in the season but then lost his way a little, but should now have settled to life in the UK and the Championship style and may be ready to make his mark. In the role behind the striker, Dave Edwards has been the most effective this season and will likely keep that position unless Jackett makes the bold move of asking McDonald to play further forward. The role he has played for Wolves is a deeper one than the one he occupied for Sheffield United and a more attacking role could be an interesting option.

As for the strikers it is important that Dicko is given time to properly recover from the hamstring problems he has been having for a while. And Danny Graham made a promising debut last week to give a real alternative. The question mark will be when Dicko is fit whether the team changes shape to move to 4-4-2. That sounds like an attractive option but the issue is whether Wolves have the defence and midfield to make a success of that more open format. A new face is being saught to add to the striking options. But Leon Clarke’s days at the club seem numbered and he is now training with the U21s after reports of a training ground bust up last week.

So there are many possibilities for the team sheet at the weekend when Wolves visit a Brentford team they finished above last season but now find themselves behind after contrasting results in recent weeks. A good result at Griffin Park last season proved key in Wolves run to being League One champions, and a repeat on Saturday would be very good timing.