Ikeme Relishes Wolves’ Strong New Squad

Ikeme Relishes Wolves’ Strong New Squad

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Super Eagles goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has expressed his delight with the new signings that joined Wolverhampton Wanderers during the summer. 

Among the players who joined Wolves during the transfer window are; Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on loan Manchester United and Benfica trio; Ola John, Joao Teixeira and Helda Costa.

Speaking ahead of tonight's Championship clash at home to Barnsley, Ikeme posited that the arrivals will make the club stronger. 

“We have got a lot of lads who have arrived who have not played in the league,” Ikeme told Wolves official website.

“We need them to adjust but they are all quality players and they will adjust.

“We have got a big squad now and the gaffer wants to keep everyone involved, so I think we will see a lot of rotation and everyone will feel they are close to playing.

“With the amount of games there are in the league, he wants fresh players all the time.

“It is probably in stark contrast to what we had last season and even the season before.

“There was the chance to bring people like Jon (Dadi Bodvarsson) and Mase (Joe Mason) off the bench who can change the game.

“Previously, we have had a good starting eleven but maybe not impact players who can come on and make a difference from the bench.

“We have got that now, and I think everyone is going to be involved and that is what the gaffer wants.

“It is going to be tough for him, leaving four or five players out of the squad completely, but it bodes well for competition and we have not had that for a while.”

Reflecting on Wolves last game against Burton game, and the agony of conceding a last gasp leveller, Ikeme said: “I think it was one of those,  they were always going to get a chance and it fell in the last minute,” says Ikeme.

“Maybe we need to be a bit more street-smart and see the game out because it really was two points dropped.

“We have analysed the goal conceded but my overall feeling is we have to be more street-smart and see the game out.

“It should have been three points, and we all felt like we had lost.

“Burton have just come up but they are a good side.

“They have got good players, especially when you look at their attacking side.Lloyd Dyer, Jamie Ward, Chris O’Grady, Akins – they have all played at a good level.

“We knew that they have had the most entries in the opposition box in the season and we just couldn’t close them out for the full game.

“Maybe we had a few chances to kill the game off as well.

“That is football, and we are all disappointed after the game but know we have another one against Barnsley coming up and a chance to put things right.”

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