Pennant set to lose place in Wolves side

The on-loan Stoke winger has been an ever-present since his switch to Molineux, but after a nine-game winless run, Stale Solbakken says he may rest the 29-year-old
Wolves boss Stale Solbakken has revealed he may rest on-loan Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant after a dismal run of form which has seen the club slide to 15th Championship table.

The recently relegated side have not won since early October when they beat Blackburn 1-0 at Ewood Park, a run which stretches to nine games.

Pennant was withdrawn against Brighton following Karl Henry's red card but has been an ever-present since his switch from the Britiannia Stadium, although the Norwegian has revealed he could make way as part of a reshuffle.

"He's going in the right direction but I think he must also be aware that some games will be for him and some games maybe won't be for him," Solbakken told the club's official website.

"He came here not having played in the Championship for a long time and when he stamped on the ball at Huddersfield a couple of times he got a bird's perspective of the division – he found himself kicked up in the air.

"We took Pennant off but he did not have a bad day – he was good with the ball in the first half. Players don't want to come off. It would've been very worrying if he'd been happy to come off!

"But he doesn't cover as much grass and when you play with four in midfield and are down to 10 men. Pennant should not be disappointed because he did okay, but he's bright enough to understand it.

"It's not easy to come in when there are big expectations, but I saw some good things on the ball in the first half.

"He came here and played three games quite quickly and maybe you struggle with a lack of match rhythm but he's had some good moments.

"Also, like many players coming from the Premier League, you don’t realise that if you stay on the ball for one second too long, you end up in the air watching from a bird perspective."