Wolves haven’t let their Europa League adventure hamper their form in the Premier League so far this season, sitting near the top four in December. It could be an exciting January too with chairman Jeff Shi saying “we are always ready to invest” just last month.
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Their manager Nuno Espirito Santo has also given fans something to be excited about when he said that “work is already on the move” to bring in players during January, and their main focus should lie behind the forward line this New Year.
Invest in a reliable centre-back
Wolves have looked thin on the ground at centre-back since the summer, with Ryan Bennett out of favour, having played less than 10 league games, and summer signing Jesus Vallejo not living up to expectation. He has a WhoScored average rating of just 6.14/10 from his first two appearances.
The absence of Willy Boly, who played in 36 of Wolves’ 38 games last term, has also not helped. It’s blindingly clear that centre-half needs to be the club’s number one priority.
Add even more depth to the midfield
With their Europa League participation, they’ve already played over 25 games this season, so they need to make sure they have enough energy in midfield to last the whole campaign. They already have Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves, but they could do with adding another quality midfielder above youngsters Morgan Gibbs-White, Bruno Jordao and Taylor Perry in the pecking order.
The manager has chosen to deploy a 3-5-2 formation on a number of occasions this season and that means there’s even more need for yet another midfielder, and one with experience to be able to marshal the middle of the field in such a complicated formation. If the right player becomes available, Wolves shouldn’t hesitate to snap them up.
Their lack of quality at centre-back could cost them against tough opposition and put their European spot at risk. And if they don’t strengthen in midfield, then they could see themselves left thin on the ground in the short-term too. That’s why they need to act on both these fronts before it’s too late.
Wolves fans, where do you think Nuno Espirito Santo should strengthen in January?
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