The Lowdown: Cruel blow for Wolves
Bruno Lage’s side may have been hoping for another European push at the start of this season, with the arrival of the giant Austrian striker on transfer deadline day potentially taking them up a gear.
Instead, the new signing endured a nightmare debut for the club, suffering ACL damage in last weekend’s 1-0 win at home to Southampton.
The Latest: Journalist fears relegation battle
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones hinted that Wolves could end up being in a relegation battle if they are not careful, given their upcoming fixtures and the hammer blow of losing Kalajzdic to long-term injury almost immediately after signing.
The journalist warned:
“Wolves will probably be in the bottom three soon. Their next games are against Liverpool and then Manchester City.
“From a club point of view, to sign a striker of his type and quality but lose him immediately, that takes some getting over. They will be sitting there with their head in their hands at the moment.”
The Verdict: They should be fine
Talk of relegation is a little wide of the mark from Jones – he does admittedly speak in a relatively short-term sense – even though Lage’s side haven’t started the season brilliantly and Kalajdzic’s injury is a major setback.
Wolves should still be aiming for a mid-table finish, given their defensive solidity and quality within the squad, with the experienced Costa hopefully proving to be a hit, assuming he signs as expected.
It might not reach the heights of last season when it looked as though a top-four finish was even on at one point, but any kind of relegation battle would still be a surprise, even with Lage’s men currently 14th in the table.
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