A fringe benefit of Premier League status is skipping that banana skin first round tie.
It’s straight into a tough old assignment though, assuming Nuno opts to field the reserves, as you rarely get an easy game at Hillsborough.
As I say every year I’d like to progress and now feels like our time to really challenge for one of the domestic cups.
Saturday demonstrated this group can compete with anyone on their day, so it’s simply a case of using the squad intelligently and hoping the draw is kind to us.
Getting past the Owls is job one though.
It’s been an indifferent start to the Championship campaign for the blue half of Sheffield, with two wins, two losses and a draw from their five matches.
Perhaps that’s no great surprise after a difficult campaign last time out coupled with their inability to do business over the summer due to an ongoing transfer embargo.
Still, looking down their teamsheet from the weekend victory over Ipswich, there are plenty of familiar names with the pedigree to help them push up into contention.
Our old pal Steven Fletcher came off the bench, while the likes of Forestieri, Bannan and Reach are all capable second tier operators.
I suppose that’s the benefit of the play-off setup? It means teams that are transitioning can keep their season alive by staying within shooting distance of sixth place. Feels like it might be a big ask for the Owls this time, but not impossible.
The only position Wolves wouldn’t appear to have two senior players is right wingback, but Nuno could rotate out the other 10 players from Saturday if he wanted.
Without knowing anything about Dendoncker that’s still a pretty strong lineup and one you’d hope might get the job done, particularly if Wednesday also use their squad.
While most of the attention would be on the new signings there are plenty of others in the above XI who will be looking to force their way into Premier League contention so motivation shouldn’t be an issue.
No PL points up for grabs in the cup, but just for fun I’m backing us to progress with a narrow 2-1 victory.
There’s no extra time in the competition any more so we won’t be seeing another marathon contest like the game at the Etihad last season.
That should motivate both teams to go all out for the win and make it an open, entertaining game.
Up The Wolves!