Podence, Neto, Guedes, Traore, Jimenez, Hwang and Kalajdzic – not bad options for a team routinely described as the Premier League’s most boring.
Bruno Lage must find the goal-scoring formula in the coming weeks or it’s going to be his neck on the block.
Had we scraped a win in either of the last two, the pressure wouldn’t feel so intense but the fact is that unlike last year we’re not getting the performances or the results.
We dominated the ball against Bournemouth and probably should have taken one of the few chances that were created, but it was only in the final 10 minutes that Wolves showed the urgency or intensity that was needed from the start.
It’s got to be better tomorrow or this dangerous Southampton team will punish us.
The Saints are marching in hot after a brilliant midweek victory over Chelsea. I watched some of the game and they were good value for the win and should have added to the two goals they did score.
Like Wolves they’ve completely reshaped their squad over the summer with 10 additions and 7 first-teamers heading out. Interestingly, four of their recruits are from Manchester City’s under 23s squad with a clear strategy of investing in the very best potential.
Two formers Wolves targets were signed-up yesterday too with Ainsley Maitland-Niles joining on loan from Arsenal and defender Duje Caleta-Car coming from Marseille.
That’s decent backing for Ralph Hasenhüttl and having retained the key personnel that helped them hit the heights at times last season, they’ll rightly feel they can do better this time.
Victories over Leicester and Chelsea have given them a solid footing. They drew with Leeds and lost to Spurs and Man Utd in their other games, but overall you’d have to say 7 points from that start is impressive.
The one thing I have liked about Wolves so far is the partnership in defence – I think both Kilman and Collins can feel good about their performances. We need them to stay fit with no experienced cover to call upon now Boly has left the building.
I would have started Dendoncker tomorrow too and I do think his departure to Villa is a bit of a head-scratcher given that he could fulfil several roles in a squad that remains light.
If Sasa Kalajdzic is eligible, he should go straight into the team. Raul hasn’t looked great so far. I would also drop Guedes in favour of Podence or Traore. I find him and Neto too similar and that combination has looked a bit predictable.
I’m not sure if Semedo is fit after hobbling off against Bournemouth but either way, I’d bring Ait-Nouri into the team.
Well done to wishfart for being the only one wise enough to correctly predict a stalemate on Wednesday. He collects a maximum.
PeteRobbo takes the lead at the top of the overall table at the end of Gameweek 5.
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