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Clarke - View From A Wolves Fan

Clarke - View From A Wolves Fan

With Brian Laws completing his first full signing for the Owls this week in Leon Clarke, we ask a Wolves fan just the young striker really is about.

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1. Most Wolves fans seem happy to see the back of Clarke - are you one of them?

To be honest, yes. He may be our top scorer, but if anything that just outlines what our main problem this season has been - the lack of product from the strikers. McCarthy has identified this as a problem and signed a young Irish striker called Stephen Ward, and we're also apparently in talks with Scunthorpe over Andy Keogh. It's the best move for us, and also Leon who needs a fresh start and has gone very stale despite his young age. The money will come in handy for us, £250k was reported in the local paper which is a very good deal...for us!

2. So what are his bad points?

He's quite slow, hasn't got the best touch in the world and has missed a lot of sitters for us. His belief in his ability is also quite low I think - last season he suffered from a huge lack of confidence and therefore performed awfully. This led to him getting a lot of stick, and then there's the infamous 'shh' gesture he gave to the Wolves fans in a cup tie against Plymouth last year. Most Wolves fans had forgiven him, but he was never going to be a fans favourite from then on.

3. And he must have some positives surely?

His hold up play is decent, nothing to get too excited about though! He's a big body in the box and might score you a couple of headers as he has done for us this season. And you may remember the goal he scored at Molineux against you to make it 2-2 which in fairness was an excellent strike.

4. He was top scorer for you before he left, and looked to have a decent record for you in your youth set-up, so what went wrong?

He always did it for the youth and reserve team, so many Wolves fans had high hopes for him. In 04/05 he made his breakthrough, scoring 8 goals mainly as an impact sub. 05/06 (an awful season for all Wolves fans) he had Glenn Hoddle as his boss and as I said, had a huge goal drought and was not very popular to say the least. This season Mick has gone someway to building bridges but in my opinion he's never been good enough.

5. We all know what happened to a certain Adam Proudlock, do Clarke have more or less potential than him?

Proudlock was our top scorer several times and did ok for us generally. I'd call Proudlock the better player if I'm totally honest, and I feel Clarke may slide down the lower leagues too. We'll see how Laws handles him, I was very surprised you signed him. Anyway, good luck to him, apart from anytime in the future when he comes up against us!

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Hmm, well - the proof will be in the pudding, as they say. Here's hoping Clarke proves his doubters wrong, and helps the Owls get back on track with victory over Sunderland on Saturday...


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Writer:Nick
Date:Thursday January 18 2007
Time: 9:00AM

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Proudlock is better??? sounds fantanstic!! we all know sturrock bought the right players mostly just didnt have the tic tacs. we know Brian Laws has one, lets see if he has both attributes!!!
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