FIFA 16 was launched this week and with it Wolves supporters came a step closer to seeing someone in old gold and black secure 3 points.
But all jokes aside the release of any FIFA edition is hotly anticipated and fans of both Wanderers and the game have to wait with baited breath to see if the game’s developers have given them a duff team to attempt to dominate English football with.
So reluctantly (ok, maybe not) we spent hour after hour assessing the FIFA 16 Wolves squad to give gamers the low-down.
James Henry: FIFA prides itself on accuracy and they even managed to simulate the fact Henry is the only creative forward thinking player. With a rating of 72 he causes endless problems for full-backs and makes dribbling look easy. A must for the starting line-up.
Kevin McDonald: Give this man a baton as he is the conductor of the midfield. It is like the K-Mac of the League 1 days. His passing is accurate and his presence in the midfield sees him popping up in both deep and forward positions. He also has a decent strike on him.
Adam Le Fondre: A pleasant surprise. His pace, finishing and movement in the box meant he was deadly in front of goal. Finished top-scorer in the pre-season tournament and got off the mark after game one. Even with Benik Afobe in the team ALF proved more potent as a ‘number 9’.
Centre backs: With Danny Batth, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Kourtney Hause and Dominic Iorfa you won’t need to dip into the transfer market for a centre-half. Ebanks-Landell is particularly decent in the air and quick too.
Striking options: Afobe, ALF and Nouha Dicko all have pace and all can finish. To get a striker better than these three will cost some serious wonga so don’t waste your cash in The Championship. If you insist on another forward and you’re good enough for promotion after your first season hold out until then and you can attract further quality signings.
Midfielders galore: If you like playing the formation that got Wolves promoted and within an inch of the play-offs (4-2-3-1) then you’ll be happy to know you have decent options in the centre of the park. Jack Price, Dave Edwards and Conor Coady are all in the high 60s and with a bit of work can cross the 70s threshold.
Transfer budget: Finally you can get your hands on the money pot that is guarded ever so closely by Jez Moxey. FIFA has generously given Wolves £5 million to spend but if you take up the option of the pre-season tournament you can easily net a further £2.5 million taking your kitty to around £7.5 million.
Width: It’s not just Kenny Jackett struggling with this but on FIFA you will too. You have the option of Rajiv Van La Parra, Nathan Byrne and Jed Wallace, but other than Henry none stand out as a must in the first 11. VLP has great stats and would be a cert on that alone but talk among a few FIFA players is Wolves’ left midfield is a particular area that is difficult to affect the game from.
Left back: When you have three 6ft plus defenders in your side Scott Golbourne looks lightweight at left back. If Golbourne was decent on set pieces à la Leighton Baines it’d be worth the sacrifice but with hardly any left wing presence a solid left-sided full-back should be your priority in the transfer window.
Set piece taker: Now Bakary Sako has done one (Crystal Palace won’t even let you stick a bid in to entice him back, we tried) there’s no-one in the side with any credible set piece stats. In fact, Henry is the best with 71 free kick accuracy and after that Wolves are knackered. If you can find a left winger who is decent with the dead ball you’ll be laughing.