Wolves host Reading at Molineux this weekend seeking their first win of the new Championship season. With the club playing in front of their home supporters for the first time this season, who should the fans be looking out for this campaign?
The Icelandic forward got on the scoresheet in his first game for Wolves against Rotherham as he sealed a hard-earned point after his side had gone down to 10 men. The 6 foot 3 inch forward is a difficult prospect to deal with in the box, with his heading ability and physicality proving vital to his game.
For such a tall striker he is also deceptively quick, something which adds to his potency in attack. The forward has not been particularly prolific in his early career though, scoring twice in 15 appearances for Kaiserslautern, while he found the net 15 times in 81 appearances for Viking FK.
While the forward will have to improve on his previous form if he is to become a fan favourite at Wolves, he has started off in the right vein, scoring the goal that secured Wolves a valuable point in their opening game
The midfielder came on as a substitute in the 63rd minute and, on his debut, put in a very accomplished performance. Signed on loan from Benfica for the season, the Portuguese midfielder at the age of just 22 is a very promising prospect and Wolves will be hoping that he can have an influence as they push for promotion.
The midfielder has spent much of his career at Benfica B, making 80 appearances and scoring six goals. In February 2016, Teixeira made a loan move to Vitoria de Guimaraes in Portugal, scoring once in five appearances. He has also represented Portugal at the 2013 UEFA European under-19 Championship, and currently plays for their under-21 side.
It is fair to say that Teixeira is a player that both Portugal and Benfica feel has a bright future. The midfielder is a very well-rounded player, as happy keeping possession of the ball and driving at the opposition as he is moving it to his teammates quickly. Teixeira is a player that could have a hugely positive impact on Wolves’ campaign.
The goalkeeper is a stalwart of the current Wolves side having been on their books since 2003. The shot-stopper has been out on loan for the majority of his career, but has been installed as Wolves’ number one since 2012. Since the sale of Wayne Hennessey to Crystal Palace in 2014 he has been the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper.
Ikeme, at 30-years-old, is right in the middle of the perfect age for a goalkeeper. In their early 20s, a goalkeeper will be full of enthusiasm but lack experience, while in their late 30s, it has the potential to be the exact opposite. Therefore, between the age of around 28-34, a goalkeeper will have gathered some crucial experience and will still be in peak physical condition. It is vital then, that Wolves utilise Ikeme now.
Wolves' Carl Ikeme
Ikeme is not particularly tall for a goalkeeper, but his reflexes one of the strongest parts of his game. Having accumulated over 150 caps for Wolves, Ikeme’s leadership and knowledge will be very important to the team.
Even with all this experience Ikeme has shown his petulant side, such as when he broke his hand after punching a tactics board after conceding a bizarre own goal against Bristol City in 2013. Wolves will be hoping that a repeat of both situations will not be forthcoming.