Football Season Guide

Wolverhampton Wanderers


Nathan Collins (def) Burnley; Hee-chan Hwang (att) RB Leipzig – loan made permanent; Bruno Jordao (mid) Grasshoppers – end of loan; Léo Bonatini (att) Grasshoppers – end of loan; Adame Traore (att) Barcelona – end of loan;


Ruben Vinagre (def) Sporting CP; John Ruddy (gk) released; Romain Saiss (def) released; Marcal (def) released; Louie Moulden (gk) Solihull Moors; Renat Dadashov (att) Grasshoppers – on loan; Fabio Silva (att) Anderlecht – on loan; Ki-Jana Hoever (def) PSV – on loan; Trincao (att) Barcelona – end of loan

Despite last season being considered as transition campaign after Nuno Espirito Santo’s departure, new boss Bruno Lage put together a compact side which looked as though they were ready to compete with the top six. However, Wolves finished 10th after a poor last stretch to the season, winning just one of their last nine duels. Nathan Collins has been their only signing so far, as he was brought in to replace starting centre-back Romain Saiss, whose contract came to an end. Wolves have offloaded several fringe players, with loanee Adame Traore returning from Barcelona, while Hee-chan Hwang loan move from RB Leipzig was made permanent. Following Collins’ arrival, Lage is expected to insist in his favoured back-three, shifting the formation from 3-4-3 to 3-5-2 depending on the rivals. Their backbone has remained intact, with last summer signing Jose Sa standing out as one of the Premier League’s finest goalkeepers last season. Wolves’ main strength is their defence, as only the four teams who secured Champions League football for this term conceded fewer goals than Lage’s men (43) last season, with Sa clinching 11 clean sheets. However, Wolves did struggle in the final third throughout the 2021/22 campaign, becoming only the third team to finish in the top half while scoring as few as 38 goals.


Wolves will aim for a spot that would secure them European football for 2023/24. Should they find a solution to their poor finishing, they could better last season’s finish.