Wednesday 11 January 2012

Ward expects Frimpong impact

Wolves defender says on-loan Arsenal midfielder can lift spirits at Molineux

Frimpong moved to Wolves on loan from Arsenal

Wolves defender Stephen Ward is hoping that the arrival of midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong on loan from Arsenal will breathe new life into the club's Barclays Premier League campaign.

Mick McCarthy's side are keen for points to move further clear of the drop zone and Ward sees a parallel between the arrival of Frimpong from the Gunners and the loan signing of Jamie O'Hara from Tottenham last year.

"This time last year the signing of Jamie was pivotal in helping us play and getting back to what we do best, Ward told Wolves' official website.

"Hopefully he can bring a bit of that silky play at Arsenal to Molineux for a few months."
- Stephen Ward

"Hopefully we can do that in this window as well.

"Manny's a different type of player, but he's from a similar background to Jamie - a big club where things tend to go well for them most of the time.

"Any help a club such as Arsenal can give to us can only be a positive.

"Manny did very well on his debut. It was a massive game for him to come into.

"It was nice for him to get involved and he acquitted himself very well. He's a young lad with plenty of energy and he got stuck in.

"He's big and strong and he'll be a bonus for us - he's enthusiastic and he wants to play."

Ward said Frimpong, who has signed until the end of the season, was a strong character who suited the set-up at Wolves.

"He'll be a very positive acquisition," he said.

"Hopefully he can bring a bit of that silky play at Arsenal to Molineux for a few months.

"I'm sure if there are one or two more of the same character with similar quality who we can bring in, it will be a case of onwards and upwards for us in the second half of the season."

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Key Points

  • Frimpong joined Wolves from Arsenal on loan until end of the season
  • Ward says midfielder can lift the whole camp
  • Wolves need points to move away from Barclays Premier League drop zone