The departure of Wolves wingers, Matt Jarvis and Steven Fletcher, to West Ham and Sunderland, respectively, will leave a bitter taste in the mouth for Molineux fans, who see their hopes of bouncing straight back into the Premier League take a cruel blow.
For many fans from the Black Country, their season tickets will have already been bought, shelling out good money to watch their beloved club attempt to regain Premier League status.
But with just one week left before the transfer deadline arrives, they have had to endure the humiliation of watching manager, Ståle Solbakken, sell their two best assets.
Fletcher, who will join Sunderland for a reported £14million, scored the most amount of headed goals last season and, despite the inflated transfer price, will leave a real hole at Molineux.
Meanwhile, Jarvis – who has one England cap to his name – could cost West Ham up to £10.75million once all the add-ons have been calculated, but that is nothing compared to his value as a Championship winger.
England’s second tier is a ridiculously competitive league and, for Wolves to have any chance of a quick return to the Premier League, then hanging on to Fletcher and Jarvis was a must, rather than taking the cash.
Wolves are 7/2 in the football betting for an immediate return to the Premier League, behind Bolton, Leicester, and Blackburn.
If Wolves fail to be promoted this season, then granted, the transfer value of Fletcher and Jarvis will be a fraction of what they have been sold for now – and they would have inevitably left then anyway.
But if you take into account the parachute payments that relegated clubs receive now, it makes much more sense to keep Fletcher and Jarvis in the Midlands.
Wolves fans will be angered, as there aren’t many players who they will be able to attract to replace the recent departures, and now they will struggle to return to the English top flight.
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