Sky Sports writer Adam Bate has been praised by a number of Wolves supporters for an article he wrote on defender Ryan Bennett prior to last night’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United.
When putting the article out on his Twitter channel @ghostgoal, the reporter said that Bennett’s continued presence in the team throughout a period of substantial spending from the club was a credit to him and the coaching he has received.
Wolves have spent more than £200m since they signed Ryan Bennett but still he retains his place. A free transfer from Norwich. It is a triumph of coaching and a lesson in how we talk about talent and value. https://t.co/YkJUGT7KT3
— Adam Bate (@ghostgoal) August 19, 2019
In his piece about the 29-year-old defender, Bate said: “The step up to the Premier League was supposed to be too much for him. Signings were anticipated and the versatile Leander Dendoncker’s arrival appeared to signal the end. In pre-season, Romain Saiss was used there instead.
“Bennett himself admitted that it was ‘clear’ he was not going to play. But when others struggled to adapt, he retained his place.”
These Wolves fans took to Twitter to approve of Bate’s views on the defender:
Great article. Huge credit to Bennett for his resilience, and has definitely improved his technique too – very assured in possession.
— Josh Dale (@JoshDale_7) August 19, 2019
Great article Adam.. just a shame that some so called Wolves fans can’t wait for Benno to make a mistake so they can slaughter him..
— StokeWolf64 (@John_StokeWolf) August 19, 2019
This is a great article, and I’m not saying that just because I’m a Wolves fan
But it’s challenging the stereotypical view of players we fans and journalists alike often have.
— Carsten Fog Hansen (@cfoghansen) August 19, 2019
Agreed! And all that with his shirt neatly tucked in!
— Ian Stephenson (@IanComposer70) August 19, 2019
A well researched article. I'll hold my hands up, didn't think he could restrain his place last year but I am more than happy that he proved us all wrong.
— Chris B (@chrisbeason30) August 19, 2019
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I agree with everything you say. He understands our system, and within that integrates well with the wing-back Doherty, and captain Coady. He has fantastic mental strength, not being phased by being dropped. He's now worth a few bob imho.
— Howlin'Wolf (@JAReidNairn) August 19, 2019