Scharner backs Maierhofer move
Wigan's Paul Scharner is pleased that fellow Austrian Stefan Maierhofer has joined Wolves.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 01/09/09 10:10am
Wigan's Paul Scharner is pleased that fellow Austria international Stefan Maierhofer has completed his switch to Wolves.
Ex-Rapid Vienna striker Maierhofer agreed a three-year deal at Molineux on Monday after impressing in his homeland and recently knocking Aston Villa out of the Europa League.
Scharner is delighted his compatriot has arrived in the Premier League and has backed the towering forward to prove a success with last season's Championship winners.
"It is great that this move has taken place," Scharner told Die Krone. "I think his performances against Aston Villa were the latest recommendation.
"Wolves are a team that play with a lot of crosses and high balls. He will certainly make an impact there."
But Scharner expects Maierhofer to require time to settle in the Midlands before he becomes a regular player in Mick McCarthy's side.
"Stefan will have the chance to prove himself in training, of course. But I do not believe he will be an outright starter for Wolves," he added.
"They need to give him time to adjust. Still, I think he is free to impress if he makes use of his power."