Paul Lambert made seven changes on Tuesday night – a couple of them enforced – and they were a mixed bag. It’s good to try out other players to see how they perform, but you also want to win football matches no matter what stage the season is at. You definitely want to end on a high for those fans who’ve endured a tough time this season, especially at Molineux, and entice them to come back and support the team next year.
Lambert questioned their mentality after the Blackburn game and he’s right – you should be desperate to win every game you play. There are only a couple of games left now, starting today at Derby where 3,000 fans Wolves fans were travelling, and I hope the players gave them something to cheer.
One positive this week was Jordan Graham returning to action. He only played a few times last season but in that short spell he was like a house on fire and made a big impact. He’ll have to be careful now as it’s easy to pick up little injuries when your body gets used to playing regularly again. It takes a long time to properly recover from a cruciate injury and we’ve seen with Nouha Dicko this season it could be a while until you’re properly back to your best. So we’ll need to be patient with him but now is a good time to come back because he can get a couple of games to give him a taste and then hopefully have a full pre-season and be ready to go in August.
Richard Stearman has come back in for the past three games and said he’d love to stay next season. For me he adds a lot of experience at the back and give 100 per cent for the club so if he wants to stay and Wolves want to sign him then it’s an easy decision.
Lambert has been talking about wanting a core of British players in his team and that makes sense. A lot came in from overseas last season who didn’t know the Championship and quite a number of them have already been moved on. You need guys who have been there, done it and got the t-shirt. They might cost a bit extra but you need to spend big to get out of the Championship these days. I’m confident that we’ve already got a decent foundation – we just need a bit of quality adding to it and hopefully next season will be a lot better.