Wolverhampton Wanderers

Lambert begins to trim large Wolves squad with four set to go

According to the Express & Star, Wolverhampton Wanderers are set to allow four players to leave the club in the coming days. Ola John, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Jed Wallace and Paul Gladon look set to be the first to be axed from the large Wolves squad by manager Paul Lambert.

None of the four have ever really been regular starters at the club since the managerial change. Three of the four were brought to the club by former head coach Walter Zenga, whilst the longest-serving player is Wallace, who has only made 13 appearances this season.

When signing on loan from Benfica, much was expected by tricky winger John, who had experience of the Sky Bet Championship from his loan spell at Reading last season. Injuries certainly haven’t helped his cause at Molineux but he has only made three appearances overall, his last coming in the October home defeat to Leeds United. Lambert needs to cull his large squad, and letting John return won’t be a big problem.

Borthwick-Jackson is all but certain to return to Manchester United this week. He hasn’t played at all since November, and at one point did enjoy a run in the side under Zenga. However the form of Matt Doherty has restricted his opportunities this season, plus Silvio is another that provides competition in the left back area along with Sylvain Deslandes. He is simply not needed anymore, so returns to Old Trafford, where he may head out on loan somewhere else.

The biggest disappointment is probably Gladon, who made the move to the club for a fee of £1million from Eredivisie side Heracles. He started the season brightly in Holland, scoring two in three games before before Zenga snapped the player up late in the summer transfer window. The 24-year-old has only played three times, his latest in the September away defeat at Wigan Athletic. He is likely to head out on loan.

Wallace has been with the club for a year-and-a-half following his move from Portsmouth in 2015. He arrived with something of a reputation having impressed at Fratton Park, but has struggled for consistency or indeed a run of matches. He was sent out on loan to Millwall last season. He actually started Lambert’s first game in charge, the 0-0 draw away to Presto North End in November, but that has been since only appearance under the new manager, and what looks set to be his last for the club. A permanent move away seems highly likely.

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