Danny Batth may have risen through the ranks at Wolves, captaining his local side from youth to senior level, but that does not mean supporters are willing to overlook a series of below-par displays.
The 26-year-old was far from his best at times as last season, as Wolves flirted worryingly with relegation before settling for a disappointing mid-table finish. While Man of the Match performances against Preston and Cardiff in the final weeks of the season offered a reminder of his quality, displays of that nature were few and far between.
Wolves’ Danny Batth
And a quick glance at social media suggests that many Wolves supporters, though retaining a great deal of admiration for the long-serving skipper, believe he is more than replaceable.
The fact that Wolves have signed three centre-backs in Roderick Miranda, Ryan Bennett and Willy Boly, suggests they share the same view.
And the Mirror (page 61, July 9) claim that Leeds United may be willing to offer Batth a fresh start. The report adds that Wolves team-mate Matt Doherty has also been lined up for a move to Elland Road in a double deal reaching £4.5 million.
Raining on Batth
Leeds certainly need defensive reinforcements with the loss of last season’s loanee Kyle Bartley leaving Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper and Giuseppe Bellusci as the club’s senior centre-backs.
And it remains uncertain whether the latter will even be at Elland Road next season.
However, the fact that Wolves appear willing to part company with Batth should perhaps ring a few alarm bells. Leeds finished seventh in the Championship last season so should they really consider signing a defender from a team that finished eight places lower and conceded 11 more goals?
If Batth is not good enough for Wolves, he should not be good enough for Leeds.