Jury still out on Wolverhampton's Sam Vokes TSS November 25, 2009 Leeds United 12 Comments I think it’s fair to say that on-loan Wolverhampton Wanderers striker, Sam Vokes hasn’t made the most spectaculor of starts at Elland Road. The frontman completed his sixth league appearence for the Whites last night, in which time he’s managed just the one goal. Although it’s a short sample size of games to get any accurate read from, his record at Leeds is 1 in 6 which is in balance with Wolves where he’s managed 6 in 36. There’s been times when the Welshman has shown some quality touches to assist in attacking play, but more often than not, the end product simply isn’t there. Last night, Vokes rushed an opportunity to get his second Leeds United goal and blasted the ball well over the goal. His performance was rated by the Yorkshire Evening Post as 5 out of 10, but in all honesty, I think that’s being more than generous. In fairness to Vokes, the entire team weren’t at their best last night. Until Aidy White and Max Gradel were introduced in the second half, it was a pretty frustrating affair. However, the third substitution, which was Mike Grella showed how it should be done. He didn’t get his name on the scoresheet, but with only a short amount of time, he did manage to force a save from the keeper which was something Leeds hadn’t really done all night. I know Vokes is only young and is still lacking in game time, but scoring tends to be a natural talent and his history shows that it’s one that passed him by. Similarly, Becchio doesn’t score anywhere near the amount Beckford does, but at the same time he scores a lot more than Vokes and is often a big part of the goals the team does score. He looks like a constant threat all night. I think it’s easy to see why Wolves were happy to loan him out. In his current position, Vokes simply wouldn’t score enough to be considered a Premier League player, nor would he be good enough for the Championship in my honest opinion. I think Leeds United have much better options in Mike Grella and Tresor Kandol. I can see why Simon was so eager to get a replacement in when Becchio got injured, but a player so young and inexperienced was a mistake. We have players like that ourselves in Davide Somma and Mike Grella who would have benefited much more from the game time and probably contributed more goals. I fail to see any reason why Grayson would extend the loan in January, especially with Becchio close to a return. I wish Vokes the best of luck and hope he finds his scoring boots at some point, but I just don’t see it happening. The build-up play isn’t bad and his first touch is usually quality, but without the end product, he’s never going to be a top striker.