I hope Wolves can get this deal over the line for Saša Kalajdzic or another forward with similar characteristics.
Raul got on the scoresheet in midweek and remains our only viable opinion up front but his (understandable) loss of heading ability has contributed to our blunt attack.
9 of his 40 Premier League goals have been headers and it’s telling that he hasn’t scored one since fracturing his skull.
Once Preston got into shape, particularly in the second half, we lacked the power in the penalty area to unsettle their defenders and that’s been an all too familiar story for over two seasons now.
Despite this deficiency, there’s more than enough quality in this Wolves side to win Premier League matches and they need to start delivering.
It was the Magpies arriving at (and leaving) Molineux without a victory last season but they were victorious on opening day this time and have followed that up with two credible draws against Brighton and Man City.
Eddie Howe must be delighted with that start, even if they did surrender a two-goal lead against the Champions last Sunday.
The cash injection has so far focused on fixing their defence with goalkeeper Nick Pope and defenders Trippier, Targett, Burn and former Wolves target Botman all arriving a St. James’ Park.
There’s a nice balance in midfield with plenty of physical power and technical capability. They also have a goalscorer in Callum Wilson and a back-up in Chris Wood who scores nearly every time he steps on the pitch against us.
£60 million forward in Alexander Isak is imminent too, but hopefully not in time to feature on Sunday.
They’re bouncing though, no doubt about it and will come with expectations of winning.
We’re definitely seeing more of the ball and rightfully so given the players we have in midfield, but that possession has got to translate into creating chances and scoring goals.
There are several decisions for Bruno Lage to make but I think the above XI is something like what we’ll see at the weekend.
I expect Semedo to make his way back into the team but which of the other two full-backs drop out is anyone’s guess. Ait-Nouri gives you more width but Jonny is smarter positionally and a better passer. Neither have been great so far though so can have few complaints if they’re benched.
In midfield, do we pick the three best technicians or sacrifice one for the physicality and penalty-box presence of Dendoncker?
You would have thought the front three would be as above, but Traore got his goal in midweek and Daniel Podence is still the only player to score a Premier League goal for Wolves this season. Both might be considered.
There’s so much industry between Neto and Guedes, that you’ve got to think all those hard yards will eventually pay dividends with some returns.
Well done to Desert Wolf for being the only person to get any scoreline correct so far this season by predicting a 1-0 loss against Spurs.
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