At the risk of upsetting a lot of Leeds supporters, I don’t think they’re very good.
As a consequence I expect the further we get away from that game the worse the result is going to look.
They pressed well and were generally tenacious out of possession but it’s concerning how little they had to do with the ball to get the win.
Our attacking players should have done more damage with the possession they enjoyed and we should have managed things better in our own half to avoid inviting them onto us in dangerous areas of the pitch.
Perhaps home advantage and the addition of another useful attacking player will help deliver a more favourable outcome on Saturday.
You never want to play a newly promoted team early in the season and especially coming in off a great performance against Liverpool.
Their tails will be wagging so Wolves have to nullify that exuberance and control the game. We couldn’t do it against Brentford last season in one of the more pitiful home performances of the campaign.
Aleksander Mitrovic scored more goals in the Championship last season than Wolves managed in the Premier League and he’s also out to an early lead this season following a brace on opening day. I’ve always felt he was a top-class striker and 46 goals in 74 for Serbia backs that up.
João Palhinha seemed destined for Wolves and I was shocked to see him sign for Fulham. I’m keen to get a good look at him on Saturday and see what he brings to their midfield.
They’ll be without Harry Wilson and summer signing Manor Solomon at Molineux with Marco Silva lamenting their lack of cover in attack this week. They did add Man Utd midfielder Andreas Pereira and he has plenty of talent.
In defence, they’ve recruited Issa Diop from West Ham and they’ll need to be tighter defensively than they’ve been in the past to have any chance of staying up. I do think they’ll be towards the bottom of the table by the finish.
Coady out and Guedes in does balance the squad better – whatever else you want to say about those deals. I’d expect the new guy to go straight into the side.
Is he the definitive answer to our goalscoring problems? It’s hard to feel confident about another out-to-in attacker but he did lead the line well for Valencia last season.
The team conjured up a great goal against Leeds and several other good chances so I feel confident they can improve the goal-a-game average we’ve seen in recent seasons. There’s certainly a commitment to attacking with greater purpose.
I’m not sure about the fitness of Moutinho, Hwang or Traore but it would be handy to have any of them available if only to give Bruno a few options from the bench.
Nobody correctly predicted the 2-1 scoreline at Elland Road but a few did get on the board by guessing the outcome.
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