Football Season Guide

Wolverhampton Wanderers


Patrick Cutrone (att) Milan; Raul Jimenez (att) Benfica – loan made permanent; Leander Dendoncker (mid) Anderlecht – loan made permanent; Flavio Cristovao (mid) Aves U23; Jesus Vallejo (def) Real Madrid – on loan; Bruno Jordao (mid) Lazio; Pedro Neto (mid) Lazio;


Kortney Hause (sp) (def) Aston Villa – loan made permanent; Helder Costa (sp) (att) Leeds – on loan; Ivan Cavaleiro (sp) (att) Fulham – on loan; Jack Ruddy (gk) Ross County; Will Norris (gk) Ipswich – on loan; Ethan Ebanks-Landell (def) Shrewsbury; Michal Zyro (mid) Korona Kielce; Rafa Mir (att) Nottingham Forest – on loan;

Wolves enjoyed a memorable return to the top flight with the team by far the most successful side against the Big 6 last season, which eventually led to qualification for the Europa League and a memorable trip to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final. The fact that the squad stayed healthy pretty much the entire campaign helped a lot too, with coach Santo and his fitness understudies obviously doing a great job with the physical part of the preparation. Now Wolverhampton will have to think about European games too, which inevitably led to transfer activity targeting a larger squad. Signing permanently Jimenez and Dendoncker was very pleasing, while Cutrone comes as a back-up centre forward that most likely will be used a lot in Europe. Vallejo adds extra depth in defence, with the Spaniard comfortable in the traditional 3-5-2 shape Wolves are using, but also very solid as part of a back 4. Coach Santo started playing Jota as a striker last spring, and this is likely to continue. Wolves shouldn’t have synchrony issues, and are expected to hit the ground running straightaway as it is very likely that the entire starting XI for round 1 will be of players who played at the club last season. Change of the style that brought successes is unlikely, and using fast breaks, while leaving plenty of bodies behind the ball at all times, should remain the trademark approach for Wolves.


Another top 8 finish will be ideal, with Wolves definitely having the squad to even think of more if commitments in Europe are managed well.