What do we know heading to Elland Road?
We know that Wolves will be playing in a back four and that barring injury it will be Collins and Kilman holding down the fort.
We know that those centre halves will be flanked by two highly capable full backs and protected by two of the most intelligent midfielders in the league.
We know that Bruno Lage has worked to get the team pressing higher up the pitch to accommodate the change in shape.
We know that the forward players are looking more dynamic in the more attack minded formation and are making more runs off the ball to stretch defences.
That is a major positive and in Neto, Podence and Gibbs-White we possess enough individual talent in forward areas to cause problems.
It was Neto doing most of the damage yesterday, winning the penalty and wreaking havoc. If there’s a criticism it’s that a better final ball could have delivered a winning goal on several occasions, but he looks strong and ready for a big season.
But we also know that we don’t have a focal point to the attack and relying on late runs into the penalty area by Dendoncker to get on the end of crosses won’t deliver results in the Premier League. The last two years have taught us that lesson.
A centre forward (preferably two) must be added in the coming days or failing that weeks to avoid another season of drought.
The midfield leaves me just as anxious with any injury to Neves or Moutinho leaving the bones of the squad exposed. We can’t expect them both to keep going full steam for 38 games.
It was great to see Sa back in goal and Hwang getting some minutes (he’s not as bad as many make out and should improve in this system) and if Adama is going to give us a final year it will give us another useful option.
But as things stand we arrive at opening weekend with more trepidation than anticipation and many questions about how well this squad is equipped to deal with the marathon that’s to come.