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20 Jul 2021 22:27:24
According to The Boot Room some Wolves fans are getting excited by links to Coutinho - do they seriously expect us to believe this.

Even if Barcelona were prepared to accept a huge transfer loss just to get him off the wage bill and sell for around £30mill which would be the absolute max we are likely to pay unless we sell someone for 50mill his wages are around 250k a week (or thereabouts depending where you read it) so do they really expect us to believe the club are about to offer someone more than double what the next highest paid player gets and pee off the entire squad! Can't imagine any sensible club doing that and certainly not the Wolves. So they really need to start linking us with players whose wages are south of 150K as that's the most we're likely to pay and only then for someone recognised as higher quality than what we have now.

I see Leao is looking close to a done deal, which is far more believable as his wages and transfer fee would be within our likely budget.




01 Sep 2020 22:31:50
I'd give Oscar Buur a go if Sanderson is deemed to not be ready yet for prem football. He always seems to do well when given a chance. Also would prefer us to bring through youth rather than spend big on an established player who is actually no better than our youngsters.


1.) 02 Sep 2020 07:10:30
I'm not accepting that we can't bring in a right back of first team quality. Just wouldn't be good enough.

2.) 02 Sep 2020 12:16:10
Every time Burr or Sanderson have been brought on, they've played well. Why is it other clubs like Man u have no problem bringing someone under twenty on, yet we have to wait until they're ready for a bus pass? Try they. Give them a chance.

3.) 02 Sep 2020 14:35:22
It's one thing to give them a chance, quite another to rely on them.

4.) 02 Sep 2020 19:37:17
Didn't we rely on a certain Mr Neves?

5.) 02 Sep 2020 23:45:35
Spot on Goggs, EVERYONE of these same moaning posters will be asking 'how we let them go' when they do well for another clubs?! Here in lies the irony, everyone of the doubters ask why United, Pool hell even Spurs develop their own players yet we don't?! As Gogg has SO rightly pointed out the answer is VERY simple, those clubs (and more importantly those fans) give those players a chance! They are lucky enough to have managers and player that there own fans trust in (heaven forbid;) Whereas a few on here seem to have already written some of our young prospects off despite NEVER seeing them play a full match!

6.) 03 Sep 2020 23:12:48
We were in the Championship and Neves had already played in the Champions League. Big difference.




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23 Jul 2021 12:22:21
So the Bruno Jordao absence has been explained, still recovering from surgery back end of last season.

If he can get back to full fitness I think Lage's style of play would really suit him.

Hope he gets a chance because when they were at Lazio he was more highly rated than Pedro. Could be the attacking midfielder we need.




16 Jan 2021 20:48:58
Well today was awful, but just a quick point on Ait Nouri.

I thought he looked good when he came on but if anything I think he cuts in on his weaker foot too often, especially once Cutrone was on we needed crosses from out wide for Cutrone and Silva to feed off. Surprised Neto wasn't subbed as he was blatantly not 100% although he was trying and did put ina couple of great crosses which noone was on the end of.




15 Jan 2021 21:44:03
Just wondered what the thoughts are on a suggestion I saw on HITC where the writer was suggesting if we play a back four and Adama is still out why not try Semedo right wing with Hoever at RB, I think this could work a treat as I think Semedo is good going forward and can go down the outside or cut in on his left so keeps defenders guessing (which is good) . I have to admit I really rate Hoever aswell so would like to see him get a decent run in the team and think RB is his best position at the moment as he's not quite commanding enough for a centre half at the moment (in my opinion) .




15 Jan 2021 21:32:16
I just want to discuss Fabio Silva as I've seen a lot of posts having an absolute go at the lad claiming he's useless and will never be any good, and even that he doesn't know how to score so will never be prolific.

Well just a few points on this:
1) For Porto's under 19's he scored 20 goals in 26 matches - I know it's a different level but it shows he blatantly knows where the net is.
2) All the big Spanish teams and others around Europe were monitoring him so he obviously has potential and the reason we had to arguably pay over the odds to secure him when we did as Porto wanted to hold onto him and sell him for more in a few years time.

3) He's 18 years old living in a new country, learning the language and traditions/ getting used to the culture in what is admittedly strange unnerving times for everyone so no wonder he's taking time to acclimatise (the plan was to bed him in slowly as very few of the top foreign players have hit the ground running in the premier league let alone a young kid) . So comparing him to Wayne Rooney is just ridiculous - I wonder how an 18 year old Rooney would have done in Spain or Italy (if you want to make true comparisons) .
4) If you watch him closely yes Fabio is missing chances but he has good touch on the ball, is a willing worker and tries to make the right runs but rarely gets given the ball to feet which is where I think his strengths lie - I'm sure given time he will show his true potential if the fans just try being supporters for a change rather than making juvenile jokes about Wolves signing a stinker/ striker.

I for one hope he proves a lot of people wrong and in a few years time is still playing for us in the premier league and Europe.

Apologies for the long post but I feel quite passionately that the lad isn't being given a fair chance by most including some of the pundits who are always trying to diminish the potential of our team as they're afraid of us breaking into the top 4 ahead of some of the "Big 6".


1.) 15 Jan 2021 22:28:25
Very good post and the young lad will be a fantastic player if he gets time, and patience. The problem wolves made for themselves was starting the season without a back up striker. Once jota was sold (for a fee we all thought was plenty) our reserve striking options were Silver, too young and Campana who got loaned out. Now it seems crazy for this to happen. We have loaned out Campana, Curtone (we know the reasons on this) , Mir, Bonatini, Ennis. Surely for the good of our club we should have kept someone back.

Curtone to start tomorrow and score 2 and become a wolves legend.

2.) 15 Jan 2021 23:34:35
Well said Wolfflea71. You're 100% right. Silva was only meant to be a bit part player this season just like Adama 2 years ago. He's been forced to make the step up out of necessity.

On another note, Neto faces a late fitness test before the derby game.

3.) 16 Jan 2021 00:11:36
Hi wolflea71.
Someone else on here posted about playing Semedo further forward. With the way things are at the moment you never know but I think it's too soon for Nuno to openly admit Semedo can't defend. Agree about Hoever. He looks excellent and should prove to be a great buy. Sorry, but don't agree on Silva. You make some good points, young kid, new country etc. All very valid. But I have seen absolutely nothing from him to suggest he'll ever be a force at this level. For the price and reputation he came with, there has not even been a glimmer of magic from him. If we'd paid 5 mil for him then he wouldn't be anywhere near the first team. He needs to be taken out of the firing line immediately to have any chance of progressing. Believe me, I really wanted him to be a success and he seems like a good kid and a hard worker but to put it bluntly, I think we've thrown 35 mil down the pan. I will be very happy to be proved wrong though.
Anyway, let's hope we're all celebrating at 2pm tomorrow.

4.) 16 Jan 2021 01:43:29
Wolfflea 71
As you are undoubtedly aware, I have been one of the more prominent and persistent of those who has castigated the club for the “Silva affair”.
In this post though, rather than discuss once again the points you make – which have largely been discussed at length previously, I will ask you to look at the matter in a totally different way.
Note I will, so as not to be rude, address your points in another post after this one.
At the start of the summer transfer window the club, (although it didn’t for obvious reasons make this public), knew that after the proceeds for sales – (mainly Doherty and Jota) – were taken into account, had a budget of circa £80m to spend in the transfer market.
After buying Marcal to replace the injured Otto, Semedo to replace the departed Doherty and signing Hoever and taking Vitor and RAN on loan as prospects for the future the club had roughly £35m left to address the other issues it was facing.
Namely and in order of importance 1) a back up for Jimenez made ever more essential given the sale of the only player capable of even partially covering him – Jota 2) A replacement for Moutinho whose legs had obviously gone and was not going to be able to play 38 games this year 3) A RCB as we were only a Boly injury away from having no one who could even attempt to play the role – note Boly is LCB playing out of position and 4) with the benefit of hindsight admittedly a replacement for Patricio who is now showing distinct signs of decline.
Instead of doing any of these things however we first went out and bought Silva.
I was still far from unhappy with this, after all Silva was an exciting prospect with an excellent pedigree in Portuguese youth football albeit with no real experience in adult football. Additionally, he was going to have relocate to a new country with all the issues that brings about (Language / culture/ loneliness etc) and would therefore would inevitably take time to settle.
I thought that he was being bought as a prospect and would either go out on loan to a Championship side or play in our age group sides picking up the occasional cameo in the first team in either the cup competitions or in the last few minutes of games where the result was already established. This would allow him to gain experience so that he could acclimatise to both the significantly more physical nature of football in England and the sharply faster pace adult football is played at particularly in England compared to Portuguese youth football.
I therefore assumed that he would be acquired in a suitable manner for a young prospect.
However instead of him being bought in an appropriate manner {I have written 2 lengthy posts on the methodologies for valuing investment including young footballers. These are the “options analysis” method where an array of differing outcomes is assed and valued and then discounted at rates appropriate to the risks associated with them, (the percentage chance of the outcome occurring) and then aggregated to give a fair true value or the “add on” valuation method common in the game where the buyer pays a series of payments – often open ended - as the selling club’s asset – the young player - reaches certain landmarks – games, goals, trophies etc. Think of a farmer selling simple farm land to a house builder. The builder pays a small sum up front but once planning permission is granted pays an overage – more money – to the farmer. Then as the houses are built and depending on the sale prices and sales rates achieved further payments are made to the farmer. This can result in the farmer receiving far more than he would have under the options analysis method but of course if planning permission is never given, he will receive less. However, the builder is protected from paying for building plots when all he gets is farm land, i. e. the risk and rewards are fairly shared! } we paid all of our £35m budget for him meaning that none of the other matters were even addressed. This left us incredibly vulnerable to any injuries but particularly to ones to Jimenez, Boly or our other senior midfielders like Dendonker.
This promptly blew up in our faces when, after 10 games – in which we earned 17 points a rate that would make us a challenger for a Champions league pace – Jimenez was injured.
We have since earned 5 points from 8 games a rate that would if repeated over 38 games (or you weren’t starting with 17 points in the bag after the first 10 games) see the club relegated.
One should note that this collapse in results is not entirely or exclusively due to Jimenez’s absence injuries to, Marcal, Podence and of course ironically Dendonker and Boly have all hurt us as well.
However, this broader demise, (not just Jimenez is injured and not just Silva is unsurprisingly falling short of the required standards), does nothing to alter the basic facts. Whilst it is not the purchase of Silva itself – who with the benefit of hindsight {But which should to anyone with any football nous whatsoever have been obvious beforehand! ) is a prospect, that may or may not come good in a year or two, and is not a Premier League footballer today – it is the way in which he was purchased, (that precluded us from signing an appropriate solution to 1 or more of the 4 aforementioned issues), that has caused the club to go from Champions League place challengers form and results to relegation to the Championship results and form.
Not surprisingly then people including me are unhappy. We want or dream about Champions league football not Championship football.
Although it is clearly not his fault – but the fault of the person in the club who managed this foul up – his transfer and subsequent elevation to the first team is by far the principal reason for this decline. Not only are his performances woefully inadequate but as stated above it is his bungled transfer that means the rest of the squad was unbalanced and has been totally unable to cope with the injuries we have incurred.
However I’m sure most Wolves fans don’t disagree with you and also hope he will be here playing in the Prem and Europe for many years to come.
That could and should though have been achievable without the debacle that this season is rapidly becoming if the transfer had been correctly or even rationally handled.
Sorry v v long post. I normally sadly agree with you re conspiracy theories about protecting the big 6 but tragically this v painful error that is hurting us so badly at the moment is entirely of our own making.

5.) 16 Jan 2021 11:32:53
Thefutureisoldgold, a very good post with some interesting views however whilst you mention the potential revenue from player sales, you have overlooked/ forgotten that we are facing a fine by UEFA regarding FFP.

6.) 16 Jan 2021 11:54:40
Jas - Hence the budget was only £80m INCLUDING actual player sales (not potential? ) . I agree if it wasn't for FFP we could have bought Silva and others and there wouldn't have been a problem. Sorry I didn't explicitly say this but thought it was a v long note anyway and the point has been made over and over again so I assumed well understood
Our spending is constrained by FFP thus to enable us to meet the basic requirements of the squad we should have bought Silva using the "add ons" method not via a ludicrously and totally unjustifiably high up one off up front payment.



15 Jan 2021 21:17:16
Hi all,

Not posted for awhile but been reading all the posts.

Nuno has been unhappy but people have read far too much into it.

The reason he's been speaking so much about the C.V. is because it's directly impacting him as he's not able to fly home and see his wife/ family each week as he had been doing.

Therefore it's easy to see why he'd tell his agent he's a bit unhappy and his agent may start sounding out other options, but just because Jorge spoke to Arsenal was that him instigating the meeting or Arsenal? What I'm trying to say is I think it's all fairly normal and so am not too worried, if the club want to keep Nuno I don't think it would take much to convince him to stay as he still seems to relish the challenge of taking the club to the next level.


1.) 16 Jan 2021 05:43:53
Agree fully with you Wolfflea71,




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23 Jul 2021 12:44:19
Neves isn't yet world class but describing him as "a useful squad player" is harsh - do you really think Man U and Arsenal would seriously be looking at a useful squad player from Wolves!

No they are looking at someone they think could be world class and will fit into their first teams now.

Wolves also wouldn't price a "useful squad player" at 50mill if they are looking to sell, so either the club rate him as more than a squad player and/ or they don't want to sell.




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17 Jul 2021 16:59:34
Podence injured due back early August, weren't the other two away with their countries U21 teams so doubt they are back yet.




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13 Jul 2021 22:00:44
surprised Sa hasn't been announced yet. Agree though Jas thanks Rui and good luck.




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05 Jul 2021 22:39:34
Trincao is a fantastic talent - who Barcelona didn't really want to get rid of but they are in so much financial trouble and struggling to offload Coutinho, Griezmann, Ousman Dembele etc. for anything like the money they paid for them and want/ need so are having to accept reasonable offers for their very talented youngsters.
I know Alena wants to stay and fight for his place but a deal for him may not be dead if Barcelona can't offload other players they may force him to go and as much as he currently wants to stay that may not mean he wouldn't want to come to us if he was forced to leave so I wouldn't view it as a negative if we do sign him (he's another great talent) .


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12 Jun 2021 22:05:49
New managers will nearly always mean a change of players - especially when they prefer a different style of play to the last manager and therefore prefer a different type of player. So is it really a shock if we sell 4 or 5 players! . It only becomes truly worrying if they don't bring in replacements (can't see that happening though - as Jeff spoke about us needing a strong transfer window in order to progress the club) .





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24 Jun 2021 22:16:52
Hi Rated - suspect it's easier to do deals at a tournament than just afterwards when players are off on holiday, but they haven't gone yet or the buying clubs would have announced the signings. Plus Moutinho has supposedly signed for Seville and Porto (depending which sites you believe! ) so like you I'm sceptical at best.




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24 Jun 2021 21:47:18
Nah just a Pun-k.




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24 Jun 2021 21:39:11
The original offer was reported as $6Mill which we rejected so why would we now accept the same offer! - they know nothing (yesterday it was claimed we wanted a minimum 12mill and Roma won't pay anywhere near that. )

Sa should be available for between 7 and 9 mill as he apparently has a clause in his contract that allows him to go for 4.5mill next year and Olympiakos want to get more now rather than lose him for such a small fee.




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02 Jun 2021 22:03:43
If Lage isn't the right person for the job who would you prefer who is or could be available as my thoughts on some of the names mentioned are:

1) Gerrard - No thanks he'd leave as soon as Liverpool come calling
2) Lampard - he's just struggled at Chelsea who are one of the teams we're looking to challenge in top 4/ 6.
3) Benitez - has experience and a good record but not sure he fits the Fosun model so doubt club have really considered him.
4) Conceicao - has decent record but is wanted by teams in Champions League and has said he wants to work in Italy.

So everything considered I think Lage is a decent appointment - he was a champion in Portugal and has a good reputation so given our links with Mendes he's the sort of appointment that could work well.




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24 Apr 2021 16:10:43
My dad's a Walsall fan so I've been to a lot of their games at Fellows Park and The Bescot - don't understand why any Wolves fans would hate them as they're never going to be a big club so good luck to them. Dad was also a decent amateur player and had a sort of trial/ training session at West Brom with his sunday league team. Thank god the first game he took me to was Wolves v Liverpool at the Molineux when I was 5 and started supporting Wolves (1976/ 77).