Thursday, 28 January 2016
Scott Golbourne: He's Coming Home - a Wolves view
The signing of Scott Golbourne (not Goldborne, Goldbourne or Golborne!) must have been as much a relief for those in the club’s hierarchy as it was for us supporters.
Constantly barracked and ridiculed over the past few months for the seemingly disastrous lack of transfer activity, Golbourne is only the second permanent signing for the senior squad in 18 months since we embarked on our hugely successful League One title-winning campaign.
Plenty of loans have been tried in the meantime, but only Jonathan Kodjia’s bolt-from-the-blue signing from Angers in the summer has caused the editors on Wikipedia to move a player's full time club to Bristol City in that time.
Any fan over the age of 17/18 or so will fleetingly remember Golbourne, of course, as he spent his formative years with us but his opportunities were limited at that stage so I knew little about him, other than he’s looked like a pretty solid looking traditional full-back in the games I’ve seen him in since.
His family are City fans, and he’s already talked about “us” in his interviews, and its great to have another local lad, albeit one that went away to pursue his dreams, back on board.
“First important thing to say is I'm gutted Scott Golbourne is leaving and I think the majority of Wolves supporters feel the same. That's always a pretty good sign you've secured a decent player.
His greatest strength is that he can actually play football. That sounds stupid but for a full-back operating in tight spaces and seeing a lot of the ball, you've got to have great touch, dribbling skills and the ability to thread passes.
Many don't but he does all of that stuff very well and can also put decent deliveries into the box. I wouldn't say he's rapid but you certainly don't see a lot of wingers skinning him and he's got enough pace to get up and down to good effect.
He's been a pretty consistent presence at left-back for Wolves over the last two and a half years, but fallen out of favour lately for some reason. There was talk of a contract dispute which might have hastened his exit and explains the ridiculously low price tag.
I also believe Kenny Jackett thinks he's not up to the physical demands of the Championship, which might have some merit. I think he's been targeted with those long diagonal balls a few times, but he's never been a weak link as far as I'm concerned.
I'm surprised you've got him being brutally honest (only because of your league position) but it looks like you'll pay the wages and it is his home town club so that may have held sway.
He's a very good, consistent player and he'll do a great job, so good luck to him. We wish him well.”
My thanks to Thomas, who can be followed on Twitter here.
Promising indeed. Let’s hope he can establish himself in the way the left-sided players of his youth did. If he can become half as big a favourite as Brian Tinnion or Mickey Bell at Ashton Gate, he’ll have done a decent job.
Welcome home, Scott. You're one of our own.
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