It’s the hope that kills you.
With our positive start to the season and Nuno’s assured nature, I genuinely believed a striker would be signed this week to cap off a memorable window.
Locadia fell through, and by all accounts through no fault of our own. The issue is, however, that we left it so late to be stung.
PSV pulling the plug, combined with the sale of Nouha Dicko (to a rival), means that we are now majorly under-stocked in a department that has been earmarked as an issue since January 2016.
Personally I’d have kept Dicko, just to offer something different. And the fact that we have no one else.
With only Bonatini as a recognised forward, who else will play up there? I think Nuno sees Cavaleiro as an option as a false 9, with Zyro now looking likely to get game time with young Donovan Wilson.
On the bright side, Bonatini is still very new to the league and Wolves' system, but he has 2 goals already. I think he will weigh in with his fair share once up to speed – it just would have been nice to have had someone to share the burden.
Despite a questionable final week, I still think the window can be viewed positively. The decks were swept, quality was signed, and the club kept hold of Costa. Granted he was injured, but when he’s fully fit and linking up with his compatriots, we may not be as concerned by our failure to sign a recognised forward. Time will tell on that one.
N’Diaye looks a decent Championship signing, and one to strengthen our midfield now that long-serving Dave Edwards was sold (rightfully, in my opinion). A loan is risk-free.
Who knows, after his goal against Albion in the week, we might even see Pedro Goncalves in the first team soon.
While deadline day itself was an anti-climax, we still have reasons to be confident – for now.
I’m also willing to bet that the club will have a striker lined up for the first day of the January window.