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Wolverhampton V Chelsea at Molineux Stadium : Match Preview
Published : 01 Jan 2012 15:01:24
McCarthy delighted with reinforcementsWolves boss Mick McCarthy believes new loan signing Emmanuel Frimpong will prove a very valuable addition to his squad.The energetic midfielder completed his move from Arsenal on Saturday on a deal until the end of the season and could make his debut in the Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea at Molineux.Frimpong has made his breakthrough at the Emirates this season after a cruciate ligament injury held up his progress at the start of the 2010/11 campaign and has already made 14 appearances for the Gunners this term.Wolves will also have another new face in the squad, with Iceland international Eggert Jonsson, who can play in midfield or defence, available for the first time after agreeing a permanent move from Hearts last month.McCarthy told the club's official website: "I'm delighted the deal is done with Emmanuel and he's available for Monday because we need fresh players. We'll be continuing to try and get players in but I'm delighted with the business we have done so far."Eggert is an international who has played a lot of games and has more improvement in him and Manny Frimpong is a really great signing for us."He's a terrific young player and an exciting prospect. He is an all-action, tough-tackling midfield player who can get about and pass it. I watched him against Manchester City and he got box to box and his career is blossoming."He should be a fabulous signing for us. It's good to get people in here for the first games because if you wait until the end of January it's another four or five games gone."Steven Fletcher will play despite taking a knock at Bolton while Dave Edwards (illness) could come in after managing 45 minutes but Ronald Zubar (knee) is set to miss out and Nenad Milijas is suspended.Meanwhile, Andre Villas-Boas insisted there was no need for Chelsea to press the panic button, despite watching his side's season hit a new low with a shock home defeat to Aston Villa.A 3-1 Barclays Premier League loss at Stamford Bridge piled the pressure on manager Villas-Boas, with the Blues going into the trip to Wolves outside the top four.It is the first time in a decade Chelsea have been so low in the table at the turn of the year, putting Villas-Boas' project under more scrutiny than ever.The 34-year-old reportedly retains the support of billionaire Blues owner Roman Abramovich but some fans are beginning to turn and there have been fresh reports of dressing-room dissent.It is the sort of toxic mix that would lead some managers to embark on dramatic changes in personnel and tactics, especially with several players seemingly willing to leave.But Villas-Boas remains convinced such drastic action is unnecessary, with only two January arrivals expected at Stamford Bridge and no change to a system that has seen Chelsea concede more goals at home than anyone outside the bottom three."I don't think so," said Villas-Boas when asked if his defence needed more protection.The Blues boss was similarly dismissive of the urgency of reaching an agreement with Gary Cahill that would see the Bolton defender become his first January signing."If there is something to correct, we need to regain that confidence in the way we build up from the back," he said."It's an easy thing to solve with players of this technical ability."With Gary, it's an ongoing situation."Villas-Boas has confirmed he will make changes for the game as he is concerned about the risks of asking some of his players to start twice in 48 hours.Branislav Ivanovic and John Obi Mikel (both hamstring) remain sidelined, along with Michael Essien (knee).
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