Arguably one of the best Sky Bet Championship sides in recent history, Wolves won promotion to the Premier League after finishing top of the tree on 99 points. Nuno Espírito Santo guided the club back to the promised land for the first time since their relegation in 2012. Rúben Neves, Diogo Jota, and Leo Bonatini were all integral in Wolves’ promotion campaign and many are tipping the West Midlands side to comfortably survive in their first season back in the Premier League, but what do they need to do in order to make that a reality?
Experienced shot stopper Rui Patrício and Mexican forward Raúl Jiménez have both signed for Wolves in recent weeks, with the latter joining on loan. Centre-back Willy Boly made his initial loan move permanent and the club will look to bring even more talent in to reinforce the squad. Defence is a position the club reportedly want to strengthen, with Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson a possible target, according to Birmingham Mail. The Englishman was ever-present for the Welsh side last season but could not save the club from relegation to the Championship. He played against Wolves in the FA Cup last season in a 2-1 win, but could the centre-back be wearing the orange of Wolves come the end of the transfer window?
Another defender that Birmingham Mail have linked with the club is Brazilian centre-back, Wallace. Currently at Lazio, Wallace is a client of agent, Jorge Mendes who has links with the club and is a key factor in many of the transfers that go on at Wolves. Wallace is 23-years-old and, standing at 6’3, possesses a real aerial threat. He has made 34 league appearances for Lazio since signing for them in 2016 from SC Braga. However, Wallace has found regular football hard to come by and only played 17 times for the Italian club last season, meaning he could be open to the idea of moving to Wolves in order to get regular playing time at a high level.
The club expressed an interest in Portuguese striker, André Silva last summer but could not put pen to paper on a move. The Top Flight have reported that Wolves remain interested in Silva but face competition from fellow Premier League side, Huddersfield. The AC Milan forward netted just twice in 24 Serie A appearances last season, having to wait until March to score his first. He did, however, score 8 goals in the Europa League (including qualifiers) and clearly has an eye for goal but Nuno will need to reignite Silva’s confidence if he is going to be worth the money.
Nuno may look within the club’s youth setup to strengthen the first team. Austin Samuels has impressed for the U18s after he netted 10 times in 15 games last season. The 17-year-old also made 4 appearances for England’s U16s, scoring twice. Samuels will hope he can get a chance in the first team soon; as will the likes of Connor Tucker and Samuel Sanni who many Wolves fans rate highly. Both were released from the ranks at Arsenal but have found their feet in the orange of Wolves.
Expectations are high for Wolves next season but will they fulfill their potential or will they sink back to the Championship without a murmur?
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