Are there two clubs that seem to exchange players as much as Reading and Wolves?Mick Gooding, Ady Williams, Michael Gilkes, Ivar Ingimarsson, Kevin Doyle, Stephen Hunt, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and now Dave Edwards, are among the names to have pulled on both shirts in the last 25 years or so. To get the lowdown on Mr Edwards, we spoke to Tom from Wolves Blog.
First of all, what's Dave’s best role?
Any midfield position that allows him to make runs into the box to get on the end of crosses. His best performances for Wolves have usually been tucked in behind a lone striker, giving him freedom to attack the opposition's penalty area with off the ball runs. He's scored a lot of goals doing this over the years. He can play deeper, using his engine and physicality to hurry and hassle the opposition but you lose his major asset, which is goal scoring.
His major strengths?
Scoring goals from midfield, which are normally one touch finishes inside the box. He's good in the air so can also get headed goals from set pieces. He'll run all day and close opponents down too, so quite useful when you're defending a lead. I suppose he's your classic 'counter punch' midfielder.
He's not a technical midfield player, so don't expect to see intricate passes or balls being sprayed out wide. He doesn't really dribble or carry the ball forward either, so do expect simple lay offs and then powerful running off the ball.
Why do you think Wolves sold him?
No longer fits in with out style of play. Under previous managers, including Paul Lambert, he was a key part of the counter-attacking style, playing practically every game when fit. Our new coach likes to play with two deeper lying midfielders who get on the ball and dictate with passes. In this setup, there's no real position that suits his strengths.
Are you sad to see him go?
In the sense that he's been at the club nearly a decade, scored many important goals and obviously loved playing for Wolves, I am sad. I also know for a fact he's an excellent impact player for the Championship and would have been happy for him to play a supporting role from the bench. But the club is going in a different direction and are looking for a specific type of player, particularly in his position, so you have to look at the bigger picture. Now seems like the right moment for him to go in that sense.
Any idea what he's like off the pitch?
A top professional and a thoroughly good bloke who everybody only says good things about. The best of the best.
Finally, do you think he'll settle in to Jaap Stam's style of play?
I must admit I'm surprised Reading have moved for him given that Stam likes to play this brand of patient, possession-based football, which certainly doesn't suit his skill set. But Dave wouldn't have gone there to sit on the bench so I can only believe your manager has a specific role in mind for him and has outlined this to the player.
Best of luck to him and Reading. I'm sure you'll be right up there again this season.