Wolverhampton Wanderers: top 30 players - Number 19

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Wolverhampton Wanderers had hopes of getting more out of Joleon Lescott, but he still achieved enough to crack our top 20.

 

After transfers to West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa in recent years, Joleon Lescott probably won't get a warm reception if he faces Wolverhampton Wanderers for an opposition club next season, but he should still be held in high regard at Molineux given the service he gave the club.

 

From the moment he was thrust into the limelight as a 17-year-old in a televised game against Sheffield Wednesday in August 2000, the left-footed central defender became a permanent fixture in the Wolves backline and before his 21st birthday, he had made 129 league appearances for the Black Country outfit. In his third campaign, he played a major part in the club's promotion-winning season from the Championship, but cruelly, for both himself and Wolves, he never represented the team in the top flight.

 

A serious knee injury kept Lescott out for the entire campaign, and it was arguably the difference between relegation and survival because Wolves never replaced him with anyone of the same standard. To his credit, he played a full part in the following two years at the second tier, but a lucrative move was always on the cards and he would eventually leave for Everton in a structured £5m deal - a fee nowhere near his full value.

 

Lescott made 235 times in all competitions for Wolves, but there has always been that feeling that he could have achieved more at the club, rather than elsewhere at Everton and Manchester City.

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