Five things Wolverhampton Wanderers need to do in January
Despite a strong start to life under Bruno Lage, Sports Mole suggests Wolverhampton Wanderers need to do five things during the January transfer window.
After Wolverhampton Wanderers tried and failed to sign at least one top player during the last days of the summer window, Bruno Lage and club supporters found themselves deflated by what appeared to be a lack of urgency in the transfer market.
Since that disappointment, Lage has done wonders with a small side, collecting 25 points in 15 games played since early September, the Premier League’s fifth best comeback.
Nevertheless, the Portuguese have requested reinforcements mid-season, and further questions will be asked of club owners if they do not meet his expectations.
Although this remains a priority, Sporty Taupe suggests five things wolves need to do in the first month of 2022.
Sign a new midfielder
Pass by Renato Sanches and Boubacar Kamara left Lage with just three senior central midfielders Ruben Neves, João Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker, and Wolves and Lage have done an efficient job of keeping the line in shape throughout the first half of the season.
However, a new face is imperative, both in terms of added numbers and a possible replacement to be found for Moutinho, 35. The latter may not necessarily be reached in January, but it is an urgent matter that must be on the wolves’ minds.
If speculation is to be believed, Sanches and Kamara may now be out of Wolves’ reach, but there are enough alternatives to leave the West Midlands outfit without excuses when it comes to finding another player. appropriate.
There was a time when Willy Boly was untouchable at the center of Wolves’ defense, and the imposing Ivorian international deserved the opportunity given to him to prepare for this campaign.
However, the 30-year-old quickly went from active to passive, something Lage hinted at this weekend. While Boly would have been powerless to break into the squad given the form of the players in front of him, he hasn’t always been able to substitute for him, leaving him limited to just one EFL Cup outing this season.
With 18 months left on his contract, Wolves is expected to maximize the fees they can generate from his sale, as well as reduce their payroll at a time when more leeway may be needed to sign other players.
There’s an argument that Dion Sanderson, who got a new contract this summer, isn’t necessarily enjoying playing time in a struggling Birmingham City side, and Wolves could use the second half of the season for the integrate into Lage’s way of thinking. replacing Boly with the 22-year-old.
For someone who is not 20 before December, Fabio Silva cannot have too many complaints with already 11 starts and 28 substitute appearances in the Premier League.
However, after spending £ 35million on the Portuguese prospect, Wolves have an investment to protect, and Silva’s valuation will drop month-to-month as he’s limited to the briefest cameo releases every now and then. time.
Executive Chairman Jeff Shi has often praised Silva and will always support him to live up to his potential, but there can be no room for sentiment when it comes to trying to ” help the development of the young.
Whether it’s the EFL or a lower-ranked side in a big European league, Silva needs a series of starts, and Wolves’ only option is to give him the chance to thrive. elsewhere and provide a different alternative to Raul Jimenez.
Staying on the subject of questionable investments, and Wolves are already at the stage where they will recoup a far cry from the £ 16million fee they paid for Patrick Cutrone in 2019.
However, after failing to make an impact during loan spells at Fiorentina and Valencia, the one-team Italy international is finally enjoying his football at Empoli, making nine starts and six substitute outings in Serie A this season.
It doesn’t matter that Cutrone only scored two goals. Last season’s Serie B champions have five games unbeaten in the top flight and are tough for European places, and Cutrone has been instrumental in that progression.
With only 18 months left on his contract, Wolves must be reasonable when negotiating fees with Empoli, but January is the time to cut their losses while Empoli and Cutrone are both happy with their partnership.
Find loans for several young people
The Wolves squad’s lack of depth has been such that people like Luke Cundle and Chem Campbell have been regulars on the substitutes’ bench this season. However, despite being highly regarded, neither have had a single minute of Premier League football.
With Wolves constantly involved in so many close games, maybe that’s understandable, but both players are at a stage where they need a series of senior action, like Theo Corbeanu benefited during his stay in Sheffield on Wednesday.
It will all depend on the number of players who arrive at Molineux in the coming weeks. If there is only one or two, the pair will likely stay put, but wolves need to identify a plan for the pair, as well as Hugo bueno who has just returned from injury.