I can’t say I’m at all surprised by the fact Wolves have only made two signings thus far over the summer. Of course, like all of us, I wanted to see proven Premiership quality coming through the door as soon as the season ended, but that was always being very optimistic.
But worry, we should not. Amongst all the panic, there are a few things we must remember.
Firstly, it is still early days in the summer transfer window and business won’t start to hot up until all the teams report back for pre-season training. That’s when managers really assess their squad and decide which players can be shipped out. This is when the wheeling and dealing goes into overdrive and doesn’t stop until the window slams shut. I’d wager right now that at least two of our summer signings won’t arrive until the season has started.
Let’s also consider the fact that the squad we finished the campaign with wasn’t really all that bad was it? I think it’s been far too quickly forgotten how well that team played at times last season. Now I’m not deluded, I know we need strengthening in certain areas, especially in defence. But if we kicked off against West Ham with our best XI from last season, I wouldn’t say we were nailed on to finish 20th by any means. I’m not suggesting for one second that we don’t need to make further signings, but I definitely feel we need to have more faith in the players we already have.
Of the two signatures we have secured, Nenad Milijaš is certainly the more intriguing. There’s no doubting we needed to recruit an all-action midfielder and he seems to fit the bill, at least on paper. Assuming nobody else is brought in before the big kick-off and assuming he secures a work permit, I’d imagine he’d probably start in the middle of the park alongside Henry. I like the fact he’s a left-footer as you immediately get that balance and if he can take set-pieces and shoot from distance, he’s certainly something we don’t already have.
Although not the most glamorous signing in the world, I wasn’t unhappy to see Marcus Hahnemann come through the door. He’ll be a good, experienced backup if he’s called upon and I’ve always thought he was a solid performer whenever I’ve seem him in action. I think the fans who weren’t happy about the deal are mainly those who are most frustrated by the lack of signings in general. Had he been the last of five or six players to be photographed holding the shirt, I doubt anyone would have even raised an eyebrow.
Anyway, that’s my two cents on the transfer situation so far this summer. Feel free to leave a comment with your own opinion.