After two enthralling seasons filled with amazing performances and European endeavors, Wolverhampton wanderers finish the 2020/21 season with an undoubted sense of regret. This season ended with the club finishing in 13th place after 2 successive seventh-place finishes in the premier league, whilst several key players have struggled with injuries that have notably hampered wolves’ progress.
To top everything off, their beloved manager Nuno Espirito Santo has left the club after 4 beautiful seasons. In his first season itself, he led his team back to the premier league which is a huge achievement in itself for any new manager.
We can still expect something great from this team in the upcoming season. Let’s discuss.
WOLVES 2021/22 SEASON EXPECTATIONS
I think it’s a whole new chapter for wolves now and they can put last season to bed due to a new manager coming in with a whole new philosophy. Their main striker Raul Jimenez is also back which will surely bring a new set of confidence back into the team. Hopes for a European spot in the premier league is still a long shot because we don’t know how the new manager will cope up with the premier league style of play. A mid-table finish is much more likely, and anything in the top half would be seen as a success.
Bruno Lage is the new manager of Wolves F.C. Nuno Espirito Santo stepped down as manager after four years at the club.
Nuno Santo wanted a new challenge and he also had some rifts with the owners over the transfer market. Now wolves have appointed Bruno lage as their new manager who has great experience in coaching. Lage was previously assistant to Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea before joining Benfica, where he won the Portuguese title in 2019. It is Lage’s first season in the Premier League. So, it could take some time for Wolves to adapt and adjust to Lage’s tactics and playing style.
WOLVES EXPECTED LINEUP
Lage’s preferred formation is 442 which will be the best formation for wolves as they have some pacy wingbacks and attackers. They will focus more on the counterattack.
They had quite a busy summer transfer window till now.
|Player Name||Age||Previous club|
|Rayan Ait Nouri||20||SCO Angers|
|Yerson Mosquera||20||Atl. Nacional|
|Francisco Trincao||21||Fc Barcelona|
|Rui Patrício||33||AS Roma|
|Rúben Vinagre||22||Sporting CP|
He is the new number 1 goalkeeper of wolves FC replacing Rui Patricio who left the club and joined Jose Mourinho’s, AS Roma. Jose Sa has kept 114 clean sheets out of 266 games he has played.
He joined FC Barcelona in the 2020-21 season but he wasn’t given a key role in the club as he was an inexperienced lad. To increase his experience and improve his style of game Fc Barcelona decided to loan him out and wolves are very interested in signing this young prospect who is a great winger. He has joined Wolves FC on a loan with an obligation to buy. His ability to dribble and to run quickly with the ball will make him one of the key players in Bruno Lage’s squad.
KEY PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR
One of the main reasons behind Wolves’ two excellent campaigns. He registered a fantastic 47 goal involvement in those premier league appearances, including 30 goals.
In the 2019/20 season, only three forwards registered more goal involvements or a higher goal involvement percentage for their respective teams. with Jiménez scoring or assisting 47% of Wolves’ goals.
The Mexican was the definition of a fox in the box. None of the 30 goals he scored in those two seasons came outside of the 18-yard box, so it’s crucial he gets service.
That season, only Mohammed Salah had more shots in the box, and three players had more than Jiménez’s 3.11 shots per game.
The partnership between him and Trincão will be similar to that of his and Jota’s. The Liverpool winger roamed into wide areas and used his pace to exploit space behind.
One pressing issue with Jiménez is that we don’t know how his injury will affect him. Of his 34 Premier League goals, nine were from headers. Not only that, but one of his best traits was heading on the ball. Jiménez was the definition of consistency in those two seasons where he was always available.
Silva mainly earned his minutes off the bench in his debut campaign in 2020/21, with 21 of his 32 appearances coming as a substitute.
However, Lage looks set to change Wolves’ formation and take them away from the lone-striker system they have used in the past.
The Portuguese preferred a 4-4-2 set-up during his time at Benfica, and he employed that formation in his first match in charge last weekend, partnering Silva with Raul Jimenez against Crewe Alexandra.
Although Silva managed just four goals and three assists last term, he was still influential when on the pitch. When selected, he was involved in 39 per cent of the team’s goals, the third-highest total of any Wolves player.
OVERVIEW OF THE SQUAD
- A young and pacy squad
- New manager which will bring in a whole new perspective
- The main striker Raul Jimenez is back
- A busy transfer window helped them strengthen their squad
- Counter attacking manager
- Good mix of youthful and experienced players in the squad
- A new goalkeeper who doesn’t have much experience in a big competitive league
- Not enough squad depth
- Midfield is not as strong as compared to other teams
- The new manager (it’s a pro as well as a con)