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Roaming Ricketts


08:32 30th January 2014

Skipper happy to be versatile

Skipper Samuel Ricketts is happy to continue to be Wolves’ flexible friend as the Molineux Mean Machine aims to lay the foundations for the forward players to flourish.

At a time when Wolves have struck eight goals in three games, the best defence in Sky Bet League One has also been breached only once, and that a penalty from Bristol City’s Sam Baldock.

Ricketts has played in all the positions across the back line, and in recent weeks has been getting forward to hugely positive effect from the right back berth.

The current back four and Matt Doherty – now closing in on fitness after injury – have been the most-used players so far while Ethan Ebanks-Landell has also impressed when handed an opportunity.

“If you look at teams that do rotate, generally they try not to rotate the defence too much,” says Ricketts.

“Generally we have picked four from five at the back and Carl Ikeme had been in goal all season until his recent injury and Aaron has stepped in and done ever so well.

“It’s not just the goalkeeper and back four who defend, it’s the whole team, and that has proved important so far this season.

“For me, throughout my career I have always been comfortable across the defence and even in midfield and it wasn’t until I signed for Kenny at Swansea that he settled me down to playing full back.

“Even from there I’ve played in different positions in the Premier League and international level as well and I enjoy the different challenges.

“It allows you to put yourself in other positions.

“That’s what I’ve loved doing throughout my career – getting forward when it opens up.

“I’m not a centre forward though and not selfish so when I do get into the box I will often try and set someone up!

“I have managed to score one or two down the years including one against Wolves!

“I’m hoping to get a couple back for the club now!

“When I am on the ball at right back I know what type of pass Danny Batth wants at centre back and if I’m at centre back I know where the right or left back want the ball.

“I know it’s something Ajax try and do with young players and I’m not saying I’m anywhere near that but it’s nice to experience different positions in different parts of the pitch.”

Ricketts has also been pleased to see Wolves’ performances improving as the season has gone on and the squad has evolved.

It has left the team poised well at third in the table with 18 games remaining.

“The season has developed so much for us as a club and as a team in every way,” he added.

“At the start of the season we were a new side – a young side – which was still gelling.

“As the season has progressed our performances have gradually improved and we’ve evolved with some new signings coming in.

“We have to keep evolving and keep improving but I think we are a far better side now than we were at the start of the season.”

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