Wolves want new defender, but no way back for outcast Roger Johnson

Kenny Jackett is eager to freshen up his defensive ranks at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but says the door remains closed to Roger Johnson.

With Wolverhampton Wanderers having shipped 10 goals during three successive Championship defeats, it is clear that something needs to be done to stop the rot at Molineux.

Manager Kenny Jackett has admitted as much with a defensive unit which appeared watertight at the start of the season suddenly springing some alarming leaks.

Loan recruits have been mooted and the window of opportunity is set to slam shut for Football League clubs on Thursday and remain closed until the New Year.

Jackett must act quickly then if he is to dip back into the market and bolster his ranks with players of second-tier quality.

It could be argued that he does not need to go down that route, as there are seasoned performers already on the books at Wolves who could be drafted in to do a job.

The likes of Roger Johnson have been ostracised though, and there is seemingly no way back for big-earners who were deemed surplus to requirements following a tumble into League One and have remained so during a subsequent clamber back up the ladder.

Jackett is certainly offering no indication that he is about to wipe the slate clean and fresh faces have been considered preferable to senior outcasts.

He said in the Express and Star: “That (Johnson) is not something I have considered and I am very unlikely to think about that.

“We can do better internally. But you are always looking at the loan deadline on Thursday and then the January window to be able to turn things around if you need that option.

“It depends on who is available and what calibre of player you can bring in at present.

“But we do need to find an equation at the back that stops these goals going in because we have gone from a very compact unit and being defensively very stringent to conceding some very poor goals.”

  MatchGoals ConcededError Lead To GoalDuel Lost
Wolves Derby vs Wolves 5 0 51
Wolves Wolves vs Forest 3 0 46
Wolves Ipswich vs Wolves 2 2 47

It seems odd that Jackett is reluctant to offer an olive branch to Johnson in his hour of need.

Both sides will probably concede that they have made mistakes and that an unfortunate situation could have been avoided if things had been handled differently.

Wolves are, however, looking to tweak things and should surely be looking to take a chance on one of their own rather than spending more money on bringing in another player from afar.

Johnson is, after all, an experienced performer with over 100 Premier League appearances to his name and a League Cup winner and FA Cup finalist.

Battle lines have been drawn, though, and it is difficult to see how the 31-year-old can avoid watching the 2014/15 campaign become a complete write off as he runs down the final few months of his contract at Molineux.

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