Following Wolves’ recent 2-1 defeat to local rivals Birmingham City, courtesy of Blues’ goals from Maikel Kieftenbeld and David Davis, alarm bells have begun to ring at the Molineux Stadium.
Relegation appears to be looming over the West Midlands club, who’ve run into an awful spell of form, losing all of their Championship games this February.
This poor run includes defeats against other relegation threatened clubs such as Burton Albion, whom they lost 2-1 to at the start of the month, as well as slumping to a 1-0 defeat to Wigan at home.
Wolves have dropped to 20th place in the Championship and in this month the Wanderers have scored only twice and conceded six times.
First team manager Paul Lambert, who joined the club in November last year, has admitted to BBC Sport that Wolves’ current position is a dangerous one for the club. Despite this, Lambert appears optimistic that they can change their fortunes soon, and contended: “We are a really talented group when we are on song. Sometimes when you go through these things it makes you stronger.”
What’s going so wrong for Wolves?
One key issue and cause of the current lowly league position facing Wolves is their lack of goals. Their top scorer so far this season is 31-year-old midfielder David Edwards, who has been at the club since 2007.
Their all-out strikers are not so fruitful. Lambert’s main strikers, Nouha Dicko and Jón Daði Böðvarsson have a measly combined goal total of just three league goals between them both.
The cup run of course which saw Wolves play some fantastic football in fixtures against Liverpool, where they won 2-1, in addition to a 2-0 win over Stoke and an eventual spirited 2-0 defeat to Chelsea is a stark contrast to their recent league games. It seems Wolves simply cannot match that same level often enough in the Championship.
Perhaps that cup run even impacted the squad negatively and distracted the players from league games.
I spoke to avid Wolves fan Scott (@wwfcscott), to get a fans perspective on the club’s predicament.
Scott also acknowledged the problem regarding the lack of goals created by the club’s strikers, but also believed that they were not solely to blame, claiming that: “the tactics and lack of creativity is something we have been crying out for since the summer, and the service the strikers get is poor”.
Moreover, Scott stated: “There’s also quite a few fans calling for Paul Lambert’s head already … He still does not know his best 11 and has been here for over four months.”
Wolves’ next game is Saturday 4th March due to their game with Huddersfield being postponed due to Town’s cup game with Manchester City. This short break will enable Lambert and his squad to try and solve the issues surrounding the team, possibly before they further drop places in the league table.
Only time will tell as to whether The Wanderers can start moving in the right direction, otherwise the club may have to face the reality of a return to League One.
Follow me on Twitter: @GeorgeS_Sport – Thanks to Scott for taking the time to share his views with me.
Feature Image Credit: John Nickolls