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28 Aug 2020 18:31:53
Rumour going around that the Matt Doherty deal to Spurs includes Danny Rose in a swap with Ryan Sessegnon and Juan Foyth on a season long loan. Don't know if there's any truth in this but if it is, what do you think?

Jas M

1.) 28 Aug 2020 19:03:13
I doubt we would get 3 players for 1
That said I would give any of those a chance in our squad.

Juan Foyth I'd have doubts about in general makes a lot of mistakes.

Trying to get blood out a stone getting a decent deal with Tottenham.


2.) 28 Aug 2020 19:10:42
Um. Not massively keen on Rose to be honest mate. Spends more time injured than playing and seems to have a bit of a big man attitude. As for the other two well there loan's, unless there's fees agreed then all we are doing is paying to develop players for another team?! Really don't get the thinking on this one, I'm sure all will become clear ๐Ÿ‘.


3.) 28 Aug 2020 19:24:30
15 mill for doc. Done.
Best wishes to him.
Bring on the new signings.


4.) 28 Aug 2020 19:47:19
15 million agreed for doc according to sky.


5.) 28 Aug 2020 20:03:23
15m is a good return on 75,000 - surely there's someone lined up to replace him?
Best of luck Dock, 300 games is a great achievement!


6.) 28 Aug 2020 20:05:00
Maybe felt he'd done all could of done at Wolves. 28
It makes space for someone younger potentially future world beater of the Neves/ Adama standard. we hope

We've done well at flushing them out so far. Needed more than ever now.

Maybe Maitland Niles is the man.


7.) 28 Aug 2020 20:31:13
If doc has his heart on joining spurs it's best he go.
3 players in for 1 out seems good business I don't know nothing about Foyth but sessegnog and Rose I would be happy with.
A 15 million fee I'm also happy with if we get the lad from Arsenal for the same.
I thank doc for his service but I think if we sell him who replaces him will be better.


8.) 28 Aug 2020 21:04:26
Tom- great point on Sanderson mate cause apprently he looks d GOOD for Cardiff! Still need another RB but definitely happy with developing talent, ๐Ÿ‘.


9.) 28 Aug 2020 22:22:00
Haha, think I misread 'standards' there but clearly was a Freudian slip cause Sanderson deserves a mention! Looks like a great young talent, who's natural attacking game is more suited to wb than RB back. Over to Nuno to do what he does best! We are all unhappy about Docs but answer me this, how many on here would have predicted he would have gone to Spurs for ยฃ15m when Nuno took over?! Yes I think its cheap but the very fact I do surely shows how far Nuno has bought this club and these players on! For all the nonsense on here Nuno signing a contract is all it will take to calm us all down a bit! COYW ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿบ.


10.) 29 Aug 2020 06:14:30
Yeah Sanderson could turn into a really good player with another decent loan

As for Nuno, I could see him waiting till the end of the window to sign a new deal. He came out and said it, plain he wants players. That translates as, I want the backing with quality signings Fosun or I'm off.

Apart from Podence last window which Nuno said the same, we need players. The board didn't fully deliver, think there's more in Thelwell leaving. I've said before I won't bash Fousun yet, but they really need to deliver in this window. I do think that will boil down to loosening the coffers.


11.) 29 Aug 2020 17:48:08
Jas M
If you are correct and the deal includes the 3 players you mention, although I have seen nothing that says it includes anything other than the v modest cash sum, it still won't be a good deal for Wolves.
We will have a log jam at LB but still no RB.
Even before you count Otto Wolves will have our own young prospect in Vinagre, the 30 year old, (formerly top quality but now in decline and v injury prone - he hasn't played more than half a season in the last 4 years), Rose and an exciting young prospect in Sessegnon (although unless we have a right to buy at an agreed price all we will be doing is developing the player for Spurs to benefit from) .
Also unless Spurs are paying a large part of their wages we will see - even before we are forced to buy a new RB - the wage bill balloon as Rose and Sessegnon are both allegedly on in excess of 60k per weeks and Foyth is on low 20s
With no established RB in place we will also be vulnerable to being seen as a desperate buyer. Look how much Arsenal and, Norwich are asking for the much more modestly talented AMN and Aarons
and Aurier.


12.) 29 Aug 2020 18:11:12
sorry pressed send by mistake
note how Spurs are playing hard ball in their sale of Aurier
sell high buy low - smart!
For us though we
1) will have weakened the first 11 - Vinagre and Doherty > Rose and blank
2) seen the wage bill rise sharply - given FFP not a smart move
3) if we end up paying ยฃ20m+ for AMN/ Aarons be out of pocket for the privilege of strengthening Spurs and weakening ourselves.
I understand that if he wants to go it may be hard to keep him - although as someone says above his last comments don't indicate he does want to go - but remember he is under contract. Maybe management could just say no and "manage" him. Find out why he is unhappy and try to solve the problem?
If we finally decide - and maybe we already have - that he has to go that still doesn't explain selling him for what, between half and a third of what he is worth?
Even if we have a great, young and cheap replacement lined up but not publicly announced you should still maximise the sale price of your now surplus assets.
If you are lucky enough to own a house and then inherit a 2nd you shouldn't say to a multi millionaire would you like to buy one of my houses at half price - that is why they are multi millionaire and you aren't!
I hope the club eventually explains what is going on because the transfer with 3 players coming in is a bad deal but for just the measly sums mentioned circa ยฃ15m it is a truly awful deal.
It also sets a terrible precedent that we are a club that sells low and buys high - everyone you deal with from now on will start with the expectation that we are a pushover thus making it much much harder to get fair let alone good deals which with FFP dogging us is essential if we are not to regress let alone go forwards
V worrying.


 

 

23 Aug 2020 16:15:05
Morgan Gibbs White signing for Swansea on season long loan according to the Telegraph.

Jas M

1.) 23 Aug 2020 17:58:20
Be a good move for him if true a decent team.


2.) 23 Aug 2020 19:23:45
Yeah I think that's just what he needs! Be great if he went there and lit up the league, he's still young and has shown glimpses of genius albeit far too rarely ๐Ÿ‘.


3.) 23 Aug 2020 21:36:13
Bye Morgan.


4.) 24 Aug 2020 03:51:13
Exactly what he needs, a full season under his belt. Neill Harris seems to be a good manager, done well with Millwall and Swansea.


5.) 24 Aug 2020 07:51:59
Harris is at Cardiff, not Swansea - Swansea boss was manager of U17 England squad which won WC and had MGW in the team.


6.) 24 Aug 2020 11:00:43
Good move for MGW. Clearly not oven-ready for the PL yet, or even for a place on the bench. This move will define his career once and for all. If he can't make it at Swansea he will sink into mediocrity. Hopefully he will come back to Wolves and live up to his potential.


7.) 24 Aug 2020 12:04:55
My bad mixing up Cardiff with Swansea! Had I of said this in either Cardiff or Swansea it couldโ€™ve been a life threatening ๐Ÿ˜‚.


 

 

07 Aug 2020 17:45:56
Wolves have been fined 600k for breaching FFP and can only have a 23 man squad for UEFA sanctioned competitions.

Jas M

1.) 07 Aug 2020 18:45:27
Does that mean for say the Europa League they can only have a 23 man squad but for the PL a larger squad? anyhow I think the squad is currently 23?


2.) 07 Aug 2020 19:07:20
It basically means that should we qualify for CL next season, we can only name a 23 man squad. It don't matter anyway as we've only used 21 players across all comps this season.


3.) 07 Aug 2020 19:09:57
Yet the likes of City, Villa get away with it.
The more that happens this season the more convinced I am that the powers that be are doing everything they can to protect their precious top 6.

{Ed001's Note - City have not got away with it, they have had a similar punishment in the past and Villa aren't even in Europe. You are whining about nothing. It is the standard punishment and has been applied to a number of clubs across Europe.}


4.) 07 Aug 2020 19:52:21
Yeah true ED mate I should of read other articles first as Spiers made it look like it was prem league not Uefa, that bloke really needs to proof read lol.
Saw Joe Edwards tweet who makes it much clearer.

{Ed001's Note - and I doubt it will really have any real effect on Wolves as Nuno likes to run a small squad. You are possibly the best placed club in Europe to deal with a reduced squad.}


5.) 07 Aug 2020 21:14:40
I think the fine comes out of prize money anyway (is that correct Ed? ) and as the Ed says with our squad the reduction in registered players is unlikely to have an effect (when you consider players at the club for more than two years and under 21 don't need to be registered anyway:) . What is interesting is that the club has said its been planned for so won't effect transfers. Now that doesn't actually mean a lot cause if you were already planning to have a quiet window then it wouldn't effect it?! I can't help but wonder if Nunos contract is being stalled cause he wants to know if we are going to invest? He does need more players/ quality depth else there's only so much he can do, time till tell. Fosun have earned some trust from us fans so I'm not to worried. COYW ๐Ÿบ.


6.) 07 Aug 2020 21:38:58
Nuno said a few weeks ago that he was on the verge of signing but wouldn't do it until after the last game of the season.


7.) 08 Aug 2020 11:04:14
Jas - that makes sense. We won't know where we are until the last game of the season. By the same token we will probably not make any major signing until then either. Nuno will sign then but if he was leaving (very unlikely) we would wait to let his replacement get involved in new signings. By the way, the Sevilla coach was Fosun's first choice for the Wolves job originally. We have a lot to win or lose next Tuesday.


8.) 08 Aug 2020 13:34:14
Yes Deep throat. Lopetegui was on his way to Wolves until Spajn national team came calling.


 

 

30 Jul 2020 16:56:09
@talkingwolves have tweeted that Jimenez is 'on his way' to Man Utd. Reading the replies it states that their source is RTP who apparently never lie.

Jas M

1.) 30 Jul 2020 18:39:13
@talkingwolves later stated "Reading the article again, it seems like Jimenez moving to Manchester United is more of an assumption than anything"


2.) 30 Jul 2020 18:56:11
Hopefully there is no truth in the story at all. Dias, Vertonghen and Paulinho would do for me. I think we've got enough in midfield with Neves, Moutinho, Saiss, Dendoncker, Jordao and Shabani.


3.) 30 Jul 2020 20:48:47
Seems to be doing the rounds all over.

I think losing him would be a massive mistake. He offers more than anything we could replace him with. Would just feel like a massive step back. If I had to pick one player above all others to stay with us to the next stage it would be Raul.


4.) 30 Jul 2020 22:37:11
I agree Tom, I think almost ANYONE else is replaceable! Strikers that score a consistent 15-20 in the Prem are like gold dust, Strikers that can do that and will come to us even rarer! So if we did let him go it better be for an absolute fortune! COYW.


5.) 30 Jul 2020 22:50:52
RJ has the best hold up play in the PL, losing him would be a massive blow.


6.) 30 Jul 2020 23:35:12
The Beeb is reporting the same story now (quoting the same source too, via the Express)


7.) 31 Jul 2020 00:44:07
He would be a massive miss from the faithful if Raul leaving is true but I'm not convinced we are selling our assets is the new wolves way under Morgan I would believe anything but under fosun we are a different beast they have made us much better outfit and they have long term plans so I trust they know what they are doing but that palinho looks excellent little player and the prize is not half bad I'll take him and our nuno likes him a lot.


8.) 31 Jul 2020 05:59:17
I am hoping its total rubbish. News outlet she's us going for Paulinho. Jumps on the story 'Raul must be moving'like a dog on hot chips.

Seems to follow form anyway. Think we all hope its rubbish.

Paulinho I'd be happy with though as as a backup.


9.) 31 Jul 2020 09:18:02
Come on Jimenez is going, I reckon the reason for his lacklustre performance against Chelsea not all down to new baby, was he had its on his mind, hope Nuno stays, but if we do offload our top players. Who knows. Worrying times,


10.) 31 Jul 2020 10:15:50
Meant United on his mind. Bloody predictive text๐Ÿ˜.


11.) 31 Jul 2020 11:31:26
Can't agree about the midfielders, Jas, because to more up to the next level we need a midfielder who can score regularly. Good as our midfield is, it is lacking when it comes to regular goalscoring.
As for back up for Raul, watch out for discussions on Brentford's Ollie Watkins if they don't get past Fulham in the playoffs.


12.) 31 Jul 2020 14:06:14
I know what you're saying Old Wulf. Looking through our squad list, we have Dendoncker who we all know can score but we also have Meritan Shabani who is an attacking midfielder but because of injury, we haven't seen much of him. So although we do need a goalscoring midfielder, I would prioritise the defence and attack first.


13.) 31 Jul 2020 17:24:55
If JR leaves then it will be curtains for us mark my words, you just need to look back at our past when we sell our goal scores (ie Keane and look what happened) .


14.) 31 Jul 2020 17:55:49
Canโ€™t see Nuno sanctioning anything ahead of Olympiacos game. Incomings and outgoings would have a disruptive effect on team spirit, which is a key component of our success. Anything or anybody who threatens that cohesiveness is swiftly dispatched. Douglas and Bennett being examples of this.
Of course everything will change if we progress to next stage of Europa Cup, as that takes us much closer to start of next campaign. Options will be identified and bids lodged for a number of players. Success in Europa Cup and Champions League qualification would probably mean our number one targets could be signed.
All a bit boring for now, but good things come to those who wait!


15.) 31 Jul 2020 20:16:43
What a game it will be if we can get thru to semis, and play man u.
See how Jimenez performs then.
Mouthwatering. Can't wait.


16.) 31 Jul 2020 21:50:59
Worrying times indeed.


17.) 01 Aug 2020 18:59:51
Depends on what you read and believe, reports from Mexico say he's happy at wolves and their source is allegedly a Mr R Jiminez. It's all just heresay whoever writes it, I'd much rather just wait for any announcement on the official website

By the way SQ, it's not worrying times it's RUMOURED to be worrying.


18.) 19 Aug 2020 22:54:47
R Jimenz, Traore and Dendoncker could all be sold as big clubs are lining up to test Wolves with big offers for all three players.


 

 

01 Jul 2020 00:18:04
Anyone seen the leaked images of the new kit? If true, then not for me as I think the sleeves spoil it.

Jas M

1.) 01 Jul 2020 08:27:08
Agree Jas, black sleeves do it no favours, a no from me if true.


2.) 01 Jul 2020 09:54:18
Agree with you both the sleeves ruin it.


3.) 01 Jul 2020 10:00:48
Really. ok for me. We would still beat most teams. If we played in a string vest ๐Ÿ˜„.


4.) 01 Jul 2020 10:41:43
No not one of our best kits if this is it not to keen on the V neck or the sleave's but it's probably a hundred miles away from what it will be๐Ÿบ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ–ค.


5.) 02 Jul 2020 08:59:12
The picture Iโ€™ve seen, it looks like itโ€™s hanging on the back of someoneโ€™s bedroom door ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”.


6.) 02 Jul 2020 16:33:29
IMO ladies and gents, I can't see Adidas putting their name on something that looks like that picture does. Awful ๐Ÿคข. And to 'top' it off, it's not even old gold, it's orange! . Would be a backward step in terms of design quality. As I say only IMO ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ–ค.


7.) 04 Jul 2020 21:15:52
I still refuse to buy this season's. Last season was awesome. Bring it back please.


 

 

 

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16 Oct 2020 09:46:25
Did anyone see the Joao Moutinho interview on PL World? He mentioned the closeness of the squad and the longer term plans and why this was one of the reasons he left Monaco to join us as well as turning a few other clubs down. He went on to add that he see's his long term future at the club so would this suggest that he is to take his coaching badges soon and work alongside Nuno with the intention of replacing him eventually and continuing the project. Either way, the future looks good and Fosun are building something special here.

Jas M

1.) 17 Oct 2020 12:13:37
I didn't see it Jas but nice reading your post about it. ๐Ÿ‘.


 

 

07 Oct 2020 10:21:21
I understand the concerns most fans have regarding the sale of Doherty and Jota. I personally think we have had an excellent transfer window. Towards the latter part of last season, we really struggled and had no way of altering our formation due to having such a small squad.

We have sold 2 regular 1st teamers and Vinagre who hardly ever played.
Now having looked at the incoming, I think Semedo is an upgrade on Doherty and Podence has proved to be more than an adequate replacement for Jota. Add to this, Hoever, Marcal and Ait-Nouri, this allows for Dendoncker and Saiss to play in their more natural position of midfield meaning Moutinho can be given a much needed break as he isn't able to play every game anymore.

Vitinha I can't comment on as I haven't seen him play for a sufficient amount of time, likewise Fabio Silva but I do know that although we have lost 2 regulars, squad wise we are actually stronger. Now we just need Nuno to work his magic.

Jas M

1.) 07 Oct 2020 10:59:39
Agreed Jas. This will take a little time to bed in, and we need to be patient for the improved squad to really show what they can do. It does bode well for future seasons, liked Kilman too and what little I saw of Hoever. Patience is required, which for some will be a challenge.


2.) 07 Oct 2020 12:16:39
I see mandzucic, is a free agent, could be our ibrahimovic,
If my spellings correct.


3.) 07 Oct 2020 12:30:27
Agree.


4.) 07 Oct 2020 17:51:46
Tbf Jota wasn't exactly a regular in the team so a good bit of business.


5.) 07 Oct 2020 20:03:18
Have to say after the dust has settled, I'm happy with our transfer business, I did question the Jota sale at first, but when alls weighed up, we have done well, and with a bit of more training and sessions together we will start to gain some momentum.


6.) 08 Oct 2020 11:27:23
Jas, in hindsight Doc and Jota were destined to leave for the perceived lure of 'big clubs' and European football. I think this was inevitable, especially after we missed 6th place last season on goal difference. I don't begrudge them but the grass is not always greener on the other side, as they may well find out. Plus we've made stonking profits on them to push FFP worries down the road for a good while yet.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, I look forward to Nuno's babes turning into pure old gold!


7.) 08 Oct 2020 11:18:13
Am I happy with the transfer window?
I know its easy to knee jerk and be a happy clapper or a doom merchant and, (depending on the day and my mood - and the most recent performance), I realise that I fluctuate between the two.

Consequently I have tried to think about it more analytically in terms of 6 features: Finance, Future, Squad, Team, System and what others have done.
I accept that it is hard to view each of them independently as obviously many of them are correlated/ overlap but.

FINANCE - we made 3 major sales- Costa, Doherty and Jota (Vinagre is at the moment only a loan) and 5 signings Silva, Semedo, Marcal, Rayan and Hoover, (Vitnha is currently a loan) . Both in terms of transfer fees and wages we will be modestly down. Could we have done more within FFP - possibly but it seems pretty ok doesn't it?

FUTURE - we sold one older player Doherty and bought one older player Marcal. Otherwise it was 2 younger players - neither of whom appeared to be likely to play first 11 football in the foreseeable future, (harsh on Jota perhaps), for 5 young chaps, some of whom may be ready but all of whom come with stellar reputations so surely a big tick here!

SQUAD - in terms of bodies we are up three. We sold a RWB and bought two. We sold a LWB and bought two (Marcal also LCB) we added a CM and swapped a wide forward for a central one. All in all ok. We needed the CM and CF so tick and the WBs are 2 for 1 whilst we were long wide forwards - being picky maybe we could have added a RCB for a LCB given the balance in the squad.

However, and here future and squad surely overlap, we sold/ had a need for experienced first team ready players and largely bought young inexperienced players possibly not really ready yet?

Hence I will only say ok acknowledging Nuno's track record in developing players
FIRST TEAM - only real change is Semedo for Doherty and short term due to injury Marcal for Otto. {Should someone have been bought to replace Moutinho? } I know Semedo with 100 games for Barcelona and his pacier and possibly more skilful style is considered a step up from Doherty in some people's eyes (and presumably Nuno's! ) and maybe over the next few weeks it will become clearer but at the moment for me the jury is out.

Consequently with the Otto and Moutinho situations not ideally addressed and my concerns re Semedo (perhaps linked to finance - his fee was over double that received for Doherty - and more importantly system - see below) I will give first 11 a no!

SYSTEM - various people on here - Thor for one - have noted that we are changing system. Given the only real change to the first 11 is Semedo in and Doherty out you might argue that this is not a feature of the transfer window. But the system was heavily based on Doherty and his absence means we have to change system so the transfer window did impact system.

Doherty was essential to the system. He was (scarily! ) very often the 2nd goal threat in the team, one of the principal creative players, a major physical presence in both boxes and most importantly the conduit for virtually all of our play. Even today Patricio is looking for him!

With the new system patently not working yet - and with the absence of a pre season that is hardly surprising. The decision to sell Doherty and thus change system - which came first? - is brave at best.

Could we have done 1 without the other?
Well we could we have kept Doherty and changed system yes but vice versa no.
Hence the transfer market has forced a change of system that may as many hope be a benefit in the future but at the moment? Well the jury is out but far from convinced!

WHAT OTHER CLUBS HAVE DONE - irrefutably many teams have done very well in the transfer market taking advantage of the obvious buyers edge in the market. Admittedly most clubs have far higher net spends than us but even some of those that spent v little - WH for example - have clearly improved their first 11.

All in all I guess I am a little disappointed. We spent v little net of sales (presumably FFP constrained) and have broadened the squad and improved the long term prospects of the team. But in the short term the first 11 is weaker, we are going through a system change without a pre season and thus losing points from this seasons total. We have also not addressed adequately the issues within the squad (Moutinho's age, the lack of a RCB and the depth of ready to play players - notably cover for Jimenez) .
Consequently, particularly viewed against the light of the buyer's market we just witnessed, I think 4/ 10 is the best I can realistically offer.
If however the system beds down and several of the kids develop and we end the season well (6th or better? ) then I will have been harsh and the summer transfer market can be viewed a success.
I sincerely hope I am!


8.) 08 Oct 2020 12:35:25
Thefutureisoldgold. Hi, you've given that a lot of thought!
On a very simple level, last season 6 games 4 points. This season 4 games 6 points so as an optimist I take that as a positive. For me as with you the jury is still out!
We have not played well yet, getting rolled by WHU was a shock to everyone but as we've seen we are not alone in the unexpected.
I expected the Sheffield United win.
I didn't expect a win against City so I wasn't surprised. Probability, having beaten twice last year I thought three would be unlikely.
West Ham was a shock, never saw that coming neither did Leicester I guess.
Fulham, expected the win but a better performance.
I really think it's too early to tell where we are at. The young players that have been brought in have not really played. Other Prem clubs are fielding young players with success why not us!
Whilst I've said I'm an optimist but not blind. We should be a bit concerned and I'm sure we'll have more idea by the new year (not just football) .
Again the numbers don't lie we are better so far than last season. (tongue in cheek)


9.) 08 Oct 2020 13:31:10
Alright Thefutureisoldgold really good reading your post.
I think the same about Doherty but one thing I thought about Doherty the attacking positions he frequently got in to imo there should of been a lot more goals created.
But Doherty was like you say integregal to our system.
If Semedo is as good as Doherty defencively I think he will become a better player.
I can't post too much at present as at work but one thing I know I mentioned it before football is in an uncertain time with c. v.
These crammed in international games haven't helped the teams who were in europe last season like us.
Moutinho I think if his legs are going why is he still picked for Portugal (not sure if he played last night)
Just my thoughts pal straight from the heart.
Ps a boat load of work has come in for us all at my works hey thanks for crossing your fingers for me it worked ๐Ÿ‘.


10.) 08 Oct 2020 13:48:03
Ken your post didn't appear on my screen when I posted nearly an hour after you.
This happens often and I'm not ignoring you or anybody else but the time on posts seems to suggest it could be me being ignorant I assure you I am not lol๐Ÿ‘
Sound.


11.) 08 Oct 2020 15:41:29
Phil, never thought that for one moment mate. The posts appear quicker some times and not others. I've done posts before when I've looked a couple of hours later and I've thought they've got lost! Then done it again and they both appear and make you look stupid! ๐Ÿ˜

Personally I think it's just the Ed's pratting around to make us look daft!

{Ed001's Note - sometimes the filter will get them, sometimes they might be held for another editor (ie if there is something s/he would know about) or sometimes it is just one of us forgetting to tick one of the boxes when editing and so one, or more, out of a group of posts will not get posted just by mistake. Then it would have to wait until the next time an editor has a chance to edit.}


12.) 08 Oct 2020 16:02:15
Ken68 I think you are better off looking at it on a like for like basis eg

Team last season this season
Shef U 0 3
ManC 3 0
West Ham 3 0

Fulham can't be directly compared as we didn't play them but took 15 from 18 against the 3 relegated clubs so is probably as expected.

In all I would have hoped for 9 points based on last season so we're probably about 3 points down.


13.) 08 Oct 2020 18:51:41
Arddunby I was just trying to accentuate the positive. I think it's very difficult to be sure where we are tbh, C.V., new players and changing the system. I think the Nation's League should have been binned but as we know it's all about money. We would have had more time to prepare and look after our players. Though as ever what the fans want is at the bottom of the tree.


14.) 08 Oct 2020 19:30:04
Ed001, I worked in the computer business from the late 60's ( when you could smack them with a hammer) until the early 2000's. I understand how it works, plus it was just a bit of fun. Have a good day!

{Ed001's Note - don't worry I never took offence mate, I just know sometimes it can be frustrating.}


15.) 08 Oct 2020 19:36:52
Sound Ken ๐Ÿ‘
On the go when at work thinking too deep without being clear in mind.
All is good though with coady starting. ๐Ÿ˜€.


 

 

01 Oct 2020 20:55:37
I wonder if the Villa fans will be on this forum tonight gloating about how good they are?

Jas M

1.) 02 Oct 2020 00:02:58
Unlike the dingles we played our second string was bound to happen. You dingles played what 6/ 7 starters? And lost.


2.) 02 Oct 2020 07:18:36
Excuses, excuses. you can only beat what's in front of you.


3.) 02 Oct 2020 07:38:10
Super Jack, Stoke played their 2nd team too. They didn't have their ยฃ17m super striker playing either.


4.) 02 Oct 2020 08:07:00
They can concentrate on staying up now.


 

 

28 Sep 2020 10:40:02
There are some posters on here (and 1 banned) who demanded change after last season and said we needed at least 4 new players and some of the current squad needed to go as the team was stagnating. Well Nuno/ Fosun have done exactly that and guess what? These posters are still not happy and think the new players will effortlessly know how Nuno's system work.

Yes yesterday was awful but Nuno will make the changes needed. To write Fabio Silva off already is a disgrace. He looked OK when he came on and held up the ball and looking for a pass. He is the type of player who can come on during a change of formation, you know, the very thing that the usual lot criticised Nuno about last season.

As the saying goes: Be careful what you wish for.

Jas M

1.) 28 Sep 2020 11:59:48
Jas lots of Wolves fans will never be happy, regardless mate! You're right with what you say.
I can't believe the other night I was reading in here 'we need A***** to beat Chelsea by X goals because they are our rivals for Europe'! Seriously!?
I hope last night was a reality check for those thinking way too far ahead.
Now, as peed off as I was after last night it was maybe the kick we needed because since we beat them 2-0 post C.V. we have not put in a decent performance apart from 15 minutes at Bramall Lane.
That said I do firmly believe this was a blip, a horrible one but a blip nonetheless.
Nuno knows how to turn things and that's exactly what he will do.


2.) 28 Sep 2020 13:30:13
Hi Italia and Jas, This has been coming for a long while, made worse by the departure of Lota and Docherty, we were goal shy last season to many draws those could/ should have been wins and top 6 finish.
Neves and Moutinhou has never worked, Neves is a class player and should be used in a defensive midfield position,
Moutinhou as classy as he is only makes very short passes and DOES not drive forward maybe to save his legs at 34 yrs old.
We need a Paul Ince type of player.
Jimenez would score a hatful with the right service, Traorie only one place for him on wing or on the bench or sell him he won't get any better.
I am not sure whether Nuno can sort this out unless he is more ruthless.
the two new lads the old saying was if there good enough there old enough, have we spent wisely? time will tell.
Hopefully it is a blip we will see. I am having a go just being very realistic.


3.) 28 Sep 2020 13:50:31
The only explanation for the worst performance I have seen for a long time at Wolves is I believe that the Portuguese players have reacted to Jota being sold and we will see a different performance on Sunday now they have made a point. In my opinion.


4.) 28 Sep 2020 15:06:49
Where to start?
First of all yes have to acknowledge that this was probably worst performance for several years.
Secondly we have actually been playing poorly since lock down - with only brief flashes to alleviate the gloom.
But the players and system remain largely the same (Jota wouldn't be in the team and even I'm not that big a fan of the other one that left to think he would have made a difference) and they/ it have served us well for last 3 years.
Today though only Neto and Patricio, (without Patricio in the last two games it would have been cricket scores! ), can look in the mirror with any pride.
Why therefore are we playing so poorly?
I said previously we are too nice and whilst I accept that tactically we have always played a containing game absorbing pressure and playing on the break, so that we will never run as much as some sides or press as much, we have now been physically overrun and out fought by 2 teams, (neither known for their physical approach! ), in the last week. West Ham simply wanted it more than us and we spent too long looking hopefully at the ref begging for a decision. We are not a favoured team and won't get the 50 : 50 calls so have to man up and get on with it. Our inability to match the desire and effort of other teams is a worry. It is something however that Nuno can surely address on the training ground and in the dressing room?
The tactical system does rely on your ability to 1) absorb pressure - at the moment we cant! and 2) break effectively at pace - at the moment we have done that adequately against SU and City ( but missed the chances) but not against WH
So what are the other problems that mean we aren't able to execute the tactics as well as we did?
Firstly we have always known that our mid is slow, (and in Moutinho's case getting slower it seems), but it is the lack of physical AND mental pace (its not how fast Troare can run on a track its how fast all the players MOVE AND REACT on the pitch), all over the pitch that is worrying.
Due to the mental slowness our passing is ponderous and often backward - the only way we can retain possession under pressure it seems.
It appears we are simply physically and mentally tired and that is a worry as we are now in full swing of the new season and there will be no rest.
Somehow Nuno needs to freshen it up - maybe the international break will help - although surely most of the players will be away?
Secondly individual players particularly in def are playing poorly (and both WBs - so important to the system - are for different reasons missing)
But what are our options?
We have a small squad and although lots of money has been spent - at the risk of upsetting those of you who spend all your waking hours watching Portuguese football - we probably need to add a couple of oven ready premier league players as no matter how good you think Silva and Vitor might be in the future it is a lot to ask them to carry the load today.
Formation wise maybe, as many of you are asking, adding Dendonker to the mid, (either to make a 3 or to replace Moutinho), would give us some greater protection - but remember he is a worker excellent at getting up and down and marking players - but he is not a ball player and we have problems on both sides of the ball - getting it and retaining it. If he plays you lose either Moutinho's ball playing/ retaining ability or one of your pacey forwards?
Injuries are hurting us as Marcal already looks a much better option on the left and Podence is clearly the best option to play - as I believe we now should - in Jonnyk's suggested system in the 10 role with Traore playing off Jimenez.
So let's hope both are fit for Fulham as sadly it is looking like a v important game for us now.
keep safe and keep the faith!


5.) 28 Sep 2020 18:03:45
Dear Thefutureisgold Some good points you made, you do not mention Neves playing to deep, how many goals has he scored since he played behind Moutinho, how many shots does Neves get now he is wasted.

Re Jota, Jurgen Kop is no fool Jota would have found his form, one of the very few players we had capable of running at a defence. I do agree with a post that the Team were disappointed when he was sold, he will certainly help Liverpool retain the Title.

how good is Kilman, Sanderson, surely we should give them a chance to see if they can perform.

I see Helder Costa playing very well at Leeds.

Knowing Fosun as I do they are an excellent company, very fair, but they do not suffer poor performances for long.


6.) 28 Sep 2020 18:18:57
Neves not scored since Man U. If we won more free kicks around the 20 yard area would be a start.


7.) 28 Sep 2020 18:29:53
re: Helder Costa, he was wearing the bench out, when sold. As was Cav and to a lesser extent, Jota. Doherty was not, was absolutely vital to the way we played. Seeming to be irreplaceable, who would have thought! Also, Coady now has NO-ONE to 'ping' the ball to, and HIS game is suffering. Just saying. COYW P. S How bad are Fulham? Making Villa look half-decent!


8.) 28 Sep 2020 20:05:39
Yellow - I deliberately didn't name individuals BUT the point you make about Neves is of course valid. The midfield balance is probably the greatest area of concern at the moment.
We have discussed the Traore v Jota debate before and whilst I don't doubt Jota will recover his form at Liverpool, (we know he is a talented player), I am not unhappy at that decision despite, (as many many of you now agree), Traore being wasted beating men at will to find the corner flag with no one bar Jimenez in the middle!
I ranted long (v long) at the stupidity of giving Doherty away and still don't understand it - he gives you the out ball and wins so much in the air at both ends. Semedo is going to have be some player, (100 games for Barcleona says he is - but I think its only fair to assume it will take a few weeks - and at the moment that looks a dangerously long time), to replace him particularly as he cost significantly more than double the fee we received for Doherty.
Re the youngsters - new and existing - for me its not really the time to blood kids as we desperately need a performance against Fulham and I am not sure it is fair to expect the kids to take a leadership role we need the big players to stand up.
Re Costa etc I think we have to accept that they are well in the past and were sold for a reason - that reason being that we had moved on from them and sold them to teams who at that time were well below us, unlike Doherty and Jota.
Hopefully it was the correct call and they won't as you say come back to bite us.
Fulham looked v v poor this eve which is good but if we don't beat them comfortably .


9.) 29 Sep 2020 13:08:44
Re Sunday, At the moment its two poor teams playing each other, unless Wolves get it together ie, move the ball quicker giver Jimenez some support, I hope we can win but it will not be a walkover.

Sundays match will reveal a lot.


 

 

21 Sep 2020 23:39:34
Nelson Semedo has flown into the UK to complete his medical and sign his 5 year contract tomorrow. โ‚ฌ35m fee agreed with Barcelona as have personal terms. Looks like Traore will be back in his usual position against West Ham to cause mayhem. Squad looks so much better now that we have 2 bona fide RB/ RWB's.

Jas M

1.) 22 Sep 2020 14:35:17
So exciting Jas mate, not just two bona fides but from everything I seen one potentially World class right back and (according to the Pool fans) the other a potential wonderkid! Just mind boggling, Sky summed up the Semedo deal nicely "This is quite an extraordinary deal because you donโ€™t normally see a Barcelona regular moving to Wolves, but that is exactly what is happening"! Such great times to be a Wolves fan! ;)


 

 

 

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12 Oct 2020 07:15:23
They made themselves it.

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11 Oct 2020 22:32:50
I really hope the big 6 are successful and are able to take all the power. I also hope that the moment they do, the other 14 PL and 72 EFL clubs come together and form a new league. No one will want to join the big 6 clubs as they will not qualify for European competition as they're not affiliated to a national league. Their only hope will be a European League which will take a few years as other leagues need to negotiate their top teams to leave/ participate. Then there the question of how the poor fans are paying to watch the teams. Travelling from say Liverpool to Southampton is a lot cheaper than travelling to Madrid. As I say, I hope it happens.

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11 Oct 2020 21:46:10
The Premier League seem to be against this too. I wonder then, if the big 6 insisted on driving this proposal forward, would the other 14 PL teams consider quitting the PL and organising a new league structure without the greedy 6 leaving them to arrange their European Super League.

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02 Oct 2020 14:29:36
Rayan Ait Nouri supposedly a done deal.

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01 Oct 2020 21:37:11
No he wasn't part of the deal taking Jota to Liverpool. The deals were negotiated at the same time but Hoever was signing for us regardless of Jota moving.

Jas M

{Ed001's Note - that's sort of true but also incorrect. It is the Jota deal that wouldn't have happened without Hoever moving, as he was the initial downpayment, so he was very much part of the deal for Jota.}


 

 

 

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27 Oct 2020 16:49:46
Given time and patience, Fabio Silva.

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11 Oct 2020 17:41:45
Southgate is living off the fact that he guided England to the semi finals of the last World Cup, however we need to remember that during our 7 match tournament, we lost 3 games and beat the mighty Tunisia, Panama and Sweden. We only scraped past Colombia on pens and when we played Belgium (twice) and Croatia, we lost.

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11 Oct 2020 16:31:34
He certainly is. How Eric Dier is even in the squad, let alone the starting 11 is beyond me. So the centre back are Walker, Maguire and Dier with TAA and Trippier as wing backs. Wing backs I have no issue with but Dier who is predominantly a midfielder and Walker who is a full back/ wing back are not a better option than Coady, Dunk, Keane, Gomez, Tarkowski as CB.

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08 Oct 2020 23:45:36
Forgot about Emlyn Hughes. Thought he retired from England duty before he signed for us but apparently not.

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08 Oct 2020 23:30:51
He's in esteemed company. Billy Wright, Stan Cullis, Ron Flowers and now Conor Coady. All captained England whilst playing for little old Wolves.

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