Discussion in 'Molineux Mix Archive' started by Jonzy54, Jan 20, 2015.
Has been made available for loan.
Best thing as he seems miles away here.
Any news on the 2 potential incomings?!
Being honest it's quiet
He needs to leave for a new challenge, probably walsall or coventry maybe if he wants to stay local
Wow regarding Ricketts
We've outgrown him much quicker than I thought we would. He's now 4th choice left back and too slow to play in the middle. A legend for what he did last season but it's nice to see we as a club are not being sentimental about these things anymore
is he out of contract in the summer?
Yes out of contract and I'm also glad we're not sentimental
He'll be a very good acquisition for somebody, extremely professional and a top attitude.
He turned down Shrewsbury Town apparently last week.
I like Ricketss but the few times he has played this season he has looked well off the pace and just old he's not good enough anymore for The Championship sadly.
I did say it last season he wouldn't be able to cope at this level. Not fast enough or big enough.
Walsall would be the right club for him imo.
Did what was required of him last season and I (and I think many others will be grateful for that).
Fantastic captain & role model for the younger lads last season but just hasn't looked up to scratch this season which is a shame but that's football. Just isn't good enough for this level or the level we want to attain now. If he doesn't fancy dropping down the leagues perhaps he'll retire but he could prolong his career if he dropped down a league.
Shame in a way but these things happen. He hasn't done anything wrong from what I can gather but there are better options ahead of him and his chances look slim to non at all so best for all he moves on.
He did his job and I will always be thankful for him of that but it's time to thank him and move on.
Was what was required last season. A good professional brought in to steady a sinking ship and as others have already commented, did a great job for us. Thought he looked off the pace at Brentford (but he wasn't the only one) and probably no longer what was required. Iorfa and Hause have certainly taken their chances and pushed SR further down the pecking order. Wish him well for the future, wherever that may be, and thank him for all his efforts last season and his outstanding goals....
Not big enough? He is 6ft 1 which is quite tall for a full back.
Great goal at the Mol against Rotherham
Sad but true that it looks his time is up.
Will be eternally grateful for the role he played in guiding us to breaking so many records last season.
So who becomes kjs eyes and ears amongst the players ?-dangerous I guess.
He has done a great job for us and I applaud him. But it was always going to be a short term gig at his age. The emergence of Iorfa and Hause not to mention the new contract for Ebanks-Landell means he has very little prospect of regaining a first team place. He should find a decent Div1 club like Sheff U and do a similar job for them as he did for us. Wish him well wherever he goes. Excellent captain and leader when we needed it.
As others have said, he was the perfect man to lead us last season. Whenever he's been in the side this year, he hasn't looked as strong as others in his place, so perhaps it's the right time for him to move on.
Hopefully he'll get interest from a top League One side like MK Dons or similar.
I too think Walsall would be a good option for him just don't know if they can afford him. Best of luck wherever he goes. I would have thought he might have a future among the coaching staff?
I think it would be a waste to not employee homonyms some sort of coaching contract. All that experience and knowledge from the clubs he's been at and the managers he's worked under. He will clearly go on to be a good manager long term so at the very least we should be providing opportunity for young managers to develop, even if only assisting at youth level.
There's no shame in not being able to be effective in a higher division. That's just the way it goes. The bloke was wonderful last season and should be held in the highest regard among wolves fans.
The responsibility on him to help the younger lads through last season shouldn't be underestimated and he'll always have my utmost respect for that.
I wish we had signed years ago,top professional pity there is not more players with his attitude.
We need an old head this season I think, someone to calm the youngsters when it's gets hairy
Is that his Greek nickname?
I still can't help but think he'd have something to offer us this season.
Pretty much every player has made the step up from last season, and as a stand out performer last time around I find odd that Ricketts has been written off in such a manner. It was only last season that Jackett was talking about Sam moving into the centre of defence as his career progressed, and many were rightly praising his peak physical condition and comparing his future to the longevity of players such as Friedel and Giggs.
Has he suddenly become a bad player? Clearly not; aside from a niggly injury there's little to suggest he's finished. Has the physicality and speed of the Championship rendered him suddenly useless? The ability of small or slower players such as Price and Henry to make the step up this season would suggest not. There have been rumours of a bust up with Jackett, but his glowing references in the press this week would also suggest otherwise, as would his continued stature as a model professional and example to the younger lads.
I look at our back four, and entire squad more generally, and see an alarming lack of experience. Stearman has had a fantastic few weeks but I'd question his attitude when it comes to leadership qualities, and whilst Danny may be 24 he only has 157 professional games under his belt, not a lot considering a player of the same age in Jordan Rhodes has over 100 more in a position where experience isn't seen as quite so much of an asset.
The only other senior figure within the squad I could see as acting as a real leader is probably Edwards, and his horrific fitness record and tendency to go missing in games rather than make a real stamp on them (and I say this as a huge fan of him in the number 10 role) also worries me.
It's fantastic we've got a young squad, but, even if not in age but just in terms of Championship experience, we've got a remarkably inexperienced squad.
Excluding the two first choice centre halves and Golbourne who's cut a mysterious figure this season, the average age of the rest of the first team defenders (Doherty, EEL, Hause and Iorfa) is less than 21 years of age, and aside from Doherty's decent run of games in recent seasons the rest have virtually no experience.
We're doing well at the moment, which is a testament to the input of Hause and Iorfa who've done very well, but have we got enough in the squad to dig us out of a hole when the going gets tough again at some point later in the season? Jackett can't always fall back on a steady stream of young players coming through as the players may not be there, and he can't saturate the squad.
I worry we could be left devoid of serious leadership, and someone to take the game by the scruff of the neck. This isn't something Ricketts necessarily did himself, but he didn't really need to last season. What he did do very well is communicate with the younger lads and make sure heads don't drop. From what I've seen the other lads, particularly Batth and Stearman, have a tendency to shout at each other.
We need a calming influence, and I worry that we may come to notice Ricketts' contribution the most when he is no longer here to provide it. I sincerely hope we don't count our chickens and think all is rosy again now that we're winning games again. There's still a long way to go this season and I sense we may run the risk of mistaking ruthlessness or lacking sentiment for downright complacency in terms of what is needed for an incredibly long and tough season.
I hope I'm wrong.
I agree to an extent but disagree regarding Stears who has showed magnificent leadership qualities in recent week
Agree with the rest and do feel it is important to maintain some experience around a very young squad
I think for a young chap Danny Batth has done a good job with organising and talking to other players and also talking to the Ref. Stears has shown Leadership qualities but more by action than words. I think the two compliment each other well
One reason I have meantioned an experienced snotter is that we do lack experience when we are on the back foot. Edwards definately plays a calming influence and talks to the younger players
Strange comment. Can you hear how loud they are then? I can't! Just see that stears is the one screaming at the back four and dictating their line at important moments late in the game
He has done well, and before you get any conspiracy theories I was responding to the post above!
They do compliment each other excellently, and Batth IMO is a better player for being captain.
Which as the better, experienced defender I would hope and expect?
Surely 157 first team games is experienced. Its probably a third of a typical career. And 24 is not really all that young is it? Stearman and Golbourne have plenty of experience. Doherty has played getting on for a hundred games now too? There is enough experience in my view and more would just hold people back.
Personally I suspect Ricketts' agent overplayed his hand in contract talks back in October and Jacket clearly had one eye on who is coming through and was (and is) conscious of making room for them.
I think it's more to do with the fact that he simply wasn't being selected in the team. New contracts need to be earned on the pitch like Edwards did in the second half of last season and Lee Evans in the opening months of this season.
Well he decided to blood the 3 academy lads Horse, Landel & Iorfa & they have taken their chances one way or another & impressed. So KJ then has decided Rickets can go as he is not needed, if those lads did not look good enough then I'm sure he would stay.
We have Golbourne, Doherty & Landel who can come in if required which is enough, they are on cheaper wages, all younger & would command a fee if they were to move unlike Rickets.
If we were 10 points clear you could argue we need a steady head to see us over the line so to speak but this season every team will need to play 100% until the end by the looks of things.
Experience? Over used cliche in Football. We can all think of many experiences where experience hasn't served us well over the recent past.
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