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06 Jan 2022 19:17:21
Would love Renato Sanchez to join this window but I think that depends on whether or not AC Milan have to replace Frank Kessie. If he doesn't leave then I think we might have a chance of signing Sanchez.
Another really good option would be Sergei Milinkovic Slavic from Lazio. Dendonker with wing mirrors and a real upgrade, especially in the goal scoring stakes. Could be costly but Lazio have previously been interested in Dendonker and a swap deal might be a possibility with us paying an additional £10 million plus. Still relatively young at 26 and with the sort of game that would suit the Premier League. Very similar to Soucek at West Ham.
Milinkovic Savic scored twice today against Empoli, for whom Cutrone did not feature in either starting eleven or the subs! Hope that doesn't signal another return Compton.


1.) 07 Jan 2022 08:32:50
He was omitted for 'personal reasons ', Wolfwhistle.

2.) 07 Jan 2022 09:18:01
Scot Sellars said “It’s hard to predict what happens in any transfer window, but it’s certain that we won’t bring in a large number of new signings" so to me this says it doesn't rule out signings, just not a large number. Maybe a marquee signing a la a Renato Sanchez.

In all reality, what is the point in having a youth team system if the shining stars cannot get a crack of the whip? I'm glad the younger guys are getting the opportunity.

I did attempt to post the whole SS statement previously, but it wasn't approved by one of the Eds, which is fair enough as it was quite large.

3.) 08 Jan 2022 04:03:24
Sorry but I have to say, we ain't getting Savic! No offence Wolf but you talk about him like he's some unknown gem in the Champ when in reality he's been one of the most talked about CM's in Europe for the last 3-5 years! Pretty sure he made the last Euro Dream team (maybe as a sub) but the idea that we'd get him for Dendoncker + £10m is laughable! This is a £65m+ who is on about £120-150k already where he is!
I'm not having a go cause don't get me wrong I'd LOVE to see us sign him! But as I've said before one or two on here need to be a little more self aware of the realities of our position. Both as a club and in the transfer/wages market ?



06 Oct 2021 20:30:20
First week in October and Renato Sanchez back playing for Lille. Took a lot of criticism when I suggested we should have completed the deal for him when we had the chance. Admit he returned ahead of schedule, hopefully he doesn't suffer any setback and we can complete a transfer early in January.


1.) 07 Oct 2021 22:54:17
Easy to say now but let's wait and see if he's still fit come Jan first eh. These things are all relative, if someone had bought Jonny just after his 'recovery' they'd be feeling fairly silly right now! ?.

2.) 17 Oct 2021 15:09:21
Interesting that he's back suggests media reports don't know the full story. As I am sure Sky were the ones reporting expected return was 12 weeks.

Looking at the transfer window now I don't think the club did awful.
They brought Trincao in to support Netos absence.
They brought Hwang Hee-Chan to take the pressure off Traore and Raul.
And the team are all getting back into a normal rhythm. With return of Raul, Boly, Podence and Marcal.
And Jonny and Neto to return at some point.
Lille stopped Botman and Sanches leaving not Wolves or the players makes things interesting as maybe our reputation has improved more than we think for the future.




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22 Sep 2021 13:59:04
Watched U23 team on Monday night. Highly entertaining game against Fulham, who prior to the game were unbeaten and top of the league. Unsurprisingly we came under a lot of pressure having taken an early lead. Got a second late in the game and despite Fulham scoring in extra time, we held on for the win.
Players who caught the eye:
Chem Campbell probably stole the headlines with a brilliant run and shot to set up the first and a good strike for the second
In between however I thought he, plus most of the others did not look after the ball very well when we gained possession. The two standouts for me were Lewis Richards, who is a strong lad for his age, who showed good control and more importantly good decision making. Played football when opportunity arose but cleared his lines when it was required.
However the best player on the park that night was Raphael Nua. Faultless display of controlled, intelligent defending. Too many good aspects to his performance that it could not possibly be a one off. Hopefully, one for the future.


1.) 22 Sep 2021 14:18:14
Great Post Wolfwhistle?.

2.) 22 Sep 2021 17:00:07
Not sure nuno will field a weakened side like many seem to think. They're already somewhat weakened with injuries and nuno is already coming under pressure. With arsenal coming up next, he'll be going for a win tonight, so expect a strong spurs side. That said, we've proved we can more than match them so I think our boys will be desperate to put Brentford behind us. If spurs are not fully at it, then I think we can get a convincing win. 3 or 4 -1.
Should be a cracking game. If spurs are "at it" then we could be seeing a penalty shootout.
Anyway. Enjoy everyone. COYW.



28 Jun 2021 17:15:15
No Traore in Spain's match day 26 man squad! . Suits me, as I'm always wary of a brilliant display, which his cameo appearance last time out, certainly wasn't, will attract bids. Need him to stay.
Euros is a an opportunity for players to put themselves in the window. Erato Sanchez did that as did Palhina. If we are genuinely interested in either or both then I suggest we move quickly with realistic bids.


{Ed077's Note - 23 man squad you mean :-)}

1.) 29 Jun 2021 11:19:17
Well that's vintniha, going back,
Hope that means palhinia signing 🤔🤔, and Harry winks, is a possibility, 😮😮.

2.) 29 Jun 2021 19:46:06
Couldn’t agree more GLW, I think Vitinha might have a decent future but for the next few years is going to be lightweight for the Premier League. I would pay a bit extra and take the punt on Palhinha especially as Sporting are still alleged to be very interested in Vinagre. It’s important to me that we see the Board extracting some good deals and I agree with other posters that we shouldn’t be paying such a high premium for potential.

3.) 29 Jun 2021 19:54:07
And if Elanga is available at a relatively low price I’d certainly spend my pocket money on him. He showed enough raw talent in one match to suggest a project worthy of showing just how good Lage’s team might be in developing young prospects.

4.) 29 Jun 2021 22:58:07
NES - excellent point re Vinagre and swap with Palhinha.
If Palhinha is a player you like and he certainly seems to fit a need we have for a CM then it makes sense.

Gather they want £30m, (£10m more than the Vitor fee), but maybe we can shave that differential and then pay some of the total fee if not a lot of it with Vinagre.
Net net even £10m more for an established and seemingly good international player over an unproven kid is surely a no brainer but if it is less and a chunk of the fee can be paid via a swap then it is not a hard decsion in my view.

As I said at the time it was merely a press article about Elanga - I have no inside info from Old Trafford ( there is a surprise! ) - that said he may be allowed to leave if they sign a new wide forward - Sancho?

His value was again from press speculation. When you see what he did against us and compare it to the lads we have been linked with/ signed Vitor, Silva etc you could add quite a few million to that fee and it would still look like value?



27 Apr 2021 09:47:46
After an injury hit season, which has seen him miss twelve games in a row, Leonardo Campana is back featuring for Famalicao. After a couple of substitute appearances he has started the last two games and has scored twice and claimed an assist.
Famalicao are in a tight relegation battle in Portugal and he may well have a key role to play over the next few weeks. Worth keeping an eye on, with a view to him returning next year.
Yesterday also saw Otasowie turn out for U23s. Read into that what you want but hopefully a chance to get some much needed minutes into his legs to ready him for a first team outing on Monday. He looked a class above fellow and opposition players and is undoubtedly something we don't presently have an athletic, forward looking midfielder. Needs to improve his finishing, as we have already seen, with more precision he could easily have had a hatrick against Norwich U23s.


1.) 27 Apr 2021 09:55:15
Nice one. wolfthistle, both players would improve our present first team at the moment, as would kilman and hoover,
Time for change.

2.) 27 Apr 2021 10:33:20
I'm a big fan of corbanu (? Spelling) from what I've seen of him. Surely the likes of him should be given an opportunity now. That said do we want a result against baggies or trials? I would hope 1st team players will want to prove a point after Sunday and I want 3 against the tesco lot.

3.) 27 Apr 2021 12:39:25
Piont is Abbywolf after Sundays shambles playing without Jose would be an improvement whoever comes in, for me he's had his chance it time to look elsewhere.
Also another thought was giving coady a go in midfield, his passing is good and he might nick the odd goal and he can tackle?

4.) 27 Apr 2021 14:25:11
Agree regards jose Pedro but I reckon he must have an appearance clause in his contract or he wouldn't have lasted this long. At the beginning I thought he'd be a distraction taking defenders off neto and adama but he just lumbers around dosnt jump and is reluctant to get involved, he stood and watched Burnleys 3rd. I personally think coady will be essential at the back against baggies, he seemed very quiet vocally Sunday and seiss and boly were positioned wrong. The midfield (granted no moutininho) was poor, dendonker looked lost. But putting coady in there wouldn't help. Vininta (sorry spelling again) would be my choice, he can go forward but holding/ tracking back a lot to learn. I think it'll be rui, samedo, boly, coady, seiss, ran, dendonker moutininho, neves, podence, adama, unless Jose has to play!? . With fabio, mgw, vininta joining later again barring injuries.

5.) 27 Apr 2021 14:57:13
My selection for what it’s worth.

Boly. Coady. Kilman
Semedo. Ait Nouri

Dendonker. Moutinho



6.) 27 Apr 2021 15:15:32
I like that look lupine.

7.) 27 Apr 2021 16:54:55
The players on the bench must be wondering what they have to do to get a game especially the way we have been playing. Hoever Kilman and Vitinha should be given a run of games and Otasowie also, they couldn’t be worse than what we have been of late and would have a point to prove. Don’t know where the goals are coming from though.

8.) 27 Apr 2021 17:16:22
Performances have been poor but I think against Baggies you'll see some much improved performances as more than half the regular starters have something to prove.

Patricio, Neves, Semedo, Moutinho and Podence are looking to cement their places in the Portugal squad for the Euros as well as Coady for England, Adama for Spain and Dendoncker for Belgium.

Only Patricio and Moutinho are guaranteed their places so it's time for the others to step up.

9.) 27 Apr 2021 17:36:19
For the first time under nuno I have major doubts for our next game.
Keep posting pal even I need a gee up and you have just given me one. I haven't lost faith in nuno and fosun but I'm losing faith with the players after Sunday's no show.
Maybe I will start feeling back to normal later on in the week.
I checked and we are on sky sports.
Perfect outcome we win and you and your mrs can settle for 1 win a piece this season.

10.) 27 Apr 2021 18:11:35
My team for Monday:


Boly Coady Kilman

Hoever Dendoncker Neves RAN


Traore. Corbeanu.

11.) 28 Apr 2021 11:03:58
I'd go for a slightly controversial team against the baggies because I can see Big Sam trying to set them up like Burnley and they need the 3 points more than us (although local pride is at stake) . We seemed to be completely outnumbered mainly out wide (although we were that bad is was like Burnley had 2 extra players for the whole game) . I'd try an old fashioned 4-4-2:

Hoever Boly Saiss RAN
Traore Coady Neves Podence
Jose Silva.



23 Feb 2021 15:07:30
Just saw a review of our loaned out players performance this weekend. Most successful player this year is Tote Gomes, defender at Grasshoppers.
One player missing was Christian Herc, still our player and scoring goals from midfield for Czech top tier side Karvina. West Ham have recruited well from that league.
Interesting player to keep an eye on is not one of ours. 24 year old, Portuguese speaking, goal scoring midfielder, voted Portuguese League 2 player of the year last season and now captaining his side, Farnese in their top tier. Ryan Gauls!


1.) 23 Feb 2021 20:43:48
Sorry typo - Ryan Gauld.

2.) 24 Feb 2021 10:18:17
Think there's one reason Nuno sends players out on loan, i. e. he doesn't rate them! Can't think of any that have come back and got in the team. Possibly last player to do so, Matt Doherty, banished off to Hibs and Bury in 12/ 13 ( by Mad Mick) returned to play 300+ games! Legend FWAW.

3.) 24 Feb 2021 16:01:43
Agree Preston, it certainly looks that way. Difference with Gomes is that Nuno has probably never seen him, given that he went straight to Grasshoppers from Portugal. Also if what you are saying is the case, it is somewhat shortsighted, given that many young players benefit hugely from playing against lower league first teams, as opposed to youngsters in the academy teams. Dion Sanderson appears to be gaining in confidence through a run of games as a centre back with Sunderland. Most centre backs tend to come into their prime in their mid twenties, so he has time on his side. Sunderland fans comparing him to a previous loanee of theirs: Johnny Evans from Manchester United. Would have a pretty good career if he turned out to be any where near as good as him. He is still best centre back Man Utd haven’t got. Would certainly walk into their team today.
List of top players who have benefited from loans is too long to mention, so I hope do try to use the system to develop future first team players. If not it seems a bit of a waste of a salary having a Head of Loans Department!

4.) 24 Feb 2021 20:17:23
Totally agree, don't think Dion has played any where near half the games for Sunderland, this season. Not sure why. Would rather see some of our talented youngsters in the first team, rather than loaned out! Especially in CMF where we have major problems. FWAW.

5.) 25 Feb 2021 11:41:33
Can I ask Preston why, if as you say we have major problems in CM, you think Vitor, a supposedly £20m rated CM, is not getting any minutes?
Any one else got a view as well?

6.) 25 Feb 2021 17:26:11
Don’t want to jinx us given that we are not yet mathematically safe but recruitment team, whoever that is, should be planning for next season. This year can best be described as one where we have taken stock. There are a small, and I would contend rapidly decreasing, number of players who are automatic starters in our first eleven. Some of those may not be regarded as such come September.
Question that those in charge should be asking is, at what level would the individuals in our present first team squad, be guaranteed starters. If we split premier league into top six, middle eight and bottom six, and the Championship into top half and bottom half, League One and League Two. Probably worth throwing in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese leagues as some of our players may well do better there than in our domestic leagues
If, as Fosun have stated, we are looking to be a top six side, then some difficult decisions are going to have to be made at the end of this season. Some of our fringe players or younger players may well benefit from being on loan at the start of next season. One such is Dion Sanderson, I would say Championship top half (loan)
Would be interesting exercise for some of our regular posters to say at which level they would see our fringe squad players being automatic starters next season.
Kilman, Coady: Premier bottom 6
Ait Nouri (loan) Otasowie (loan) . MGW, Fabio Silva (loan) Championship top half
Vitinha, Moutinho: Portugal
Neves Jose: Spain/ Italy
Saiss: France.

7.) 25 Feb 2021 18:44:50
Wolfthistle - excellent post

Will give it some thought!
be interested to hear your 9nd everyone else's ) views on entire squad but with only England as what does Vitor Portugal mean - does he stay or does he go?
Pretty sure I won't have too many to p6 sadly!

8.) 25 Feb 2021 21:29:25
Patricio - middle 8 but given age possibly morphing to bottom 6 next year
Ruddy - top half championship
Semedo - middle 8 ( with potential to go to top 6)
Hoever -top half championship (hopefully top 6 in time)
Boly - top 6
Coady middle 8
Saiss middle 8
Kilman middle 8
RAN - top half championship (with potential to become Prem player)
Marcal - middle 8 ( if fit)
Dendonker - middle 8
Neves - middle 8 ( sorry to slow and doesn't do enough going forwards to be top 6)
Moutinho bottom 6 ( due to age)
Owen - top half championship (def possible Prem player but only seen a handful of times)
MGW - top half Championship (not making progress and may not make it to Prem)
Vitor - top half Championship (Sorry but like Owen has only played in a handful of games and then only cameos. There must be a reason for this)
Neto top 6 (still raw but huge potential)
Podence middle 8 (but could become top 6)
Traore top 6 (with top 6 ref protection and better support would terrorise any defence)
Jimenez top 6 (class act! )
Jose bottom 6 (but might be middle 8)
Fabio Silva League 1 ( but worried it might be to physical for him - unless he makes dramatic physical improvements I am worried re his future. )

9.) 26 Feb 2021 18:10:32
Really interesting exercise that, and I might try doing the same on the Villa site.
I’m surprised you only rate Ait Nouri as Championship level currently. I watched most of Angers games the 2 seasons prior to this one, and I always thought RAN was their most talented player.
Do Wolves have an obligation to buy him at the end of the season or is it optional?

10.) 26 Feb 2021 23:13:33
Mark - delighted you think so I thought Wolfthistle's suggestion was a good one as well and so responded!
Re RAN Don't know how much of his time you have seen at Wolves.
He is quite good going forwards but awful (really awful) defensively.
[Will be castigated by "true fans" for that as well! ]
Comparing him to Matt Targett he is sadly a v poor second both ways!
But he is young and may develop - although of course as with all young players he may well not.
Doubt we will find out though as for £20m we should be able to buy a far better ready made player - as you did with Matty Cash.
Plus with Otto, Marcal (injuries permitting) Saiss and quite possibly Vinagre coming back as we can't find anyone willing to buy him despite there not being too much difference between him and RAN in potential he would be competing for 4th LB in the squad. Don't think we can have a £20m fourth/ fifth choice!

11.) 27 Feb 2021 12:23:32
Thanks for replying Tfig, I think RAN will improve defensively, it was never really an issue at Angers, and it’s perhaps just a case of adjusting to the intensity of the English game.
A season ago I, along with most Villa supporters, were wandering why we shelled out 15 million or so for Matt Targett. Defensively he was pretty atrocious at times.
This season however, he unrecognizable from the last, and most of us agree he is our most improved player, and I would go as far to say, he might have an outside chance of making the Euros. I’m sure RAN will improve, he’s got plenty of time to do so, but admittedly 20 million is a big steep, somewhere between 10-15, and I think he would be worth the gamble.



19 Feb 2021 14:39:08
I have seen some really good sections in other clubs websites, which give weekly updates on their players out on loan. We don't and it is an onerous task to try and find out how individuals are doing in their loans. Have been checking as best as I can and it is fair to say that the overall picture is hugely underwhelming.
I know people have highlighted Rafa Mir of late but he has not commanded a starting berth throughout the season. Half his six goals scored, came in one match. So it would be fair to say that he has done okay, but nothing more. We have most of our loan players at two clubs, Grasshopper Zurich in Swiss second tier and Famalicao, presently rock bottom of Portugal top league.
Our only player who is an ever present for these sides and therefore can be said to be a success is Tote Gomez at Grasshoppers. Who? You may well ask. A 22year old defender, we bought from Estoril and loaned out straight away. Doubt if he has ever been to Wolverhampton. Some of the others arrived full of promise but not sure if any of those out on loan, have a long term future with us.


1.) 19 Feb 2021 16:01:01
Wolfthistle- good info if not good news! What has happened to Sanderson thought he was going to be the next big thing at one time?

2.) 19 Feb 2021 17:00:44
Hi that lad Giles thd left back was at Coventry I think its rotherham he's at now but I'm not sure.
He not been called back when mgw and cutrone was makes you think is Giles good enough for the first team.

3.) 19 Feb 2021 18:32:27
Giles recalled from Coventry and sent to Rotherham to get more game time. Think he has featured in all Rotherham games but some from bench. Scored twice though.
Injuries at Sunderland look like they have opened opportunity for Sanderson to start games at Centre Back from here on in. Gets good write ups but that didn’t guarantee a starting berth earlier this year.




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09 Dec 2021 14:46:04
Think our January plans have been dealt a mortal blow with Lille qualifying for last 16 round of Champions League. Both Sanchez and Bottman looked class acts but cash strapped team will get a significant boost to their finances simply by reaching Knockout stage. Unfortunately for us the players will want to stay to compete in such a prestigious competition and next round isn’t until February.
What do we do? Look elsewhere or bide our time until Summer window, when both reputations could be enhanced.
I know it was a huge risk but said at the time that we should have completed Sanchez transfer last summer, when we had the chance.




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06 Dec 2021 08:23:46
Not a rumour but something to keep an eye on. Given our link with Grasshoppers Zurich it is interesting to see that they have brought in a young 19year old striker on loan from Basel, with the option to buy, Kaly Sene. Has scored 7 goals in his first three games, playing alongside Bonatini. Getting in the team ahead of Compana. Senegalese player who signed originally for Juventus.




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16 Nov 2021 21:13:12
Linked in rumours with John Swift from Reading. Really like him. He was a huge prospect coming through the Chelsea ranks. Now 26 years old and looks quite a different player in recent years. Looks to have bulked up a bit and consequently stronger. Started this season, his last in contract at Reading, really strongly, with goals and assists. Plays a similar role to Dendonker and I think looks a better prospect for our style of play. Would also make a good financial deal, as Dendonker would demand a bigger fee than we would have to pay for Swift.




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30 Oct 2021 23:19:02
Moutinho is a difficult decision. His bal, retention is something else but his play is passive and doesn’t ask questions of the opposition. His dead ball delivery is poor and I struggle to see why he is allowed to take so many dead ball situations. I scream at the tv or the pitch if attending a home game, when Dendonker forgoes the opportunity to attack the spaces in front of him, in order to turn 180degrees in order to play the ball back to Coady. That was Nuno’s style and one I had hoped we had left behind.
Genuinely don’t believe that we have the midfielders we need to move to the next stage of our development. I would swap two for two, if we brought in more progressive players.




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30 Oct 2021 00:27:49
Agree. Vitahna not the answer but Renato Sanchez and Palhina is the answer!
Mo e to a back four still allow wing backs to get on the front foot. Play three in midfield with two new signings plus Neves. Sell Dendonker and allow Mo7thino to return to a Portuguese side. Solid midfield in place with opportunities s for academy players to get substitute minutes. Mix and match front players as we dio have an array of talent in forward positions . We just haven’t hit on the system to deliver on the potential
Top 6? Why not!





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26 Sep 2021 21:12:08
WhatI don’t understand is how we keep putting ourselves under pressure by playing short little negative passes to players in tight positions which nearly always result in conceding possession in our own defensive third. Moutinho, Dendonker and Marcel were main culprits. Didn’t cost us today but could do so in future. Need to encourage our players to move into the spaces in front of them rather than turn and play negative simple back passes. Movementmoff the ball is poor, resulting in la k of options for player on the ball.
Hopefully analysis of the game will show the areas in which we have to improve. Lessons learned by back three from last week as they were really good today especially when defending set pieces.




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23 Sep 2021 13:29:47
Jas. No benefit whilst injured but when he. is at a certain stage of recovery he could be learning what it is Bruno expects of him and also the strengths and otherwise of his team mates. Come full fitness he would hopefully hit the ground running as settling in period in a hotel would most likely be over. i
A bird in the hand is worth two in a bush. Let’s see if he appears any time in January.
Of more immediate concern is Sunday and Southampton. Most particularly Adam Armstrong: fastest player in the premier league this year. Plays in the centre of their attack and must be relishing the all too obvious lack of pace of our centre backs. Need to cut off the supply to him at all costs.




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23 Sep 2021 11:06:40
As I suggested at the time, we should have signed Renato Sanchez when we had the option, irrespective of injury. Not sure we will get the chance to sign him in January. He is exactly the type of all action midfielder we desperately need. Lage has identified him as suiting the style of play he wants from us. However present midfielders don’t have the attributes he requires.
That said, yesterday’s defeat was down to some diabolical defending from individuals. Must be question marks against some established players!




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03 Sep 2021 12:33:57
Last few days have raised a number of interesting issues for our hierarchy to address:
Whilst Neves and Traore sales would have shown a healthy profit, experience ha s s hown that it is not easy to persuade our targets to join our club. ‘A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’ Both the above players are contracted to Wolves and are major assets we cannot in the short or medium term, afford to lose.
With regard to Traore, those in charge need to decide just how crucial he is to our new playing style. From my personal perspective, he is pivotal, especially given our present lack of alternatives. Need to negotiate a new long term contract.
However there are always two sides to negotiations and Traore needs to want to stay. Watching last night’s Sweden v Spain match, Traore’s performance reminded me of his displays under Nuno last year: marginalised on the wide right, with the midfield struggling, and at times looked like conscientiously deciding against, involving him. This year under Bruno, we have been able to get him more involved in play and he has flourished. Surely he and his agent, can see the benefits in this greater involvement. More time working with Bruno will, I believe, result in a much improved Adama Traore. Get a new contract sorted!




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01 Sep 2021 10:08:09
Agree. Recipe for disaster getting players in who don’t want to be here. There are lives behind these names and it is not surprising that one doesn’t want to uproot his family days after becoming a father and another has to make the decision to move abroad to a place he probably doesn’t know exists with a couple of hours notice!
Renato Sanchez, on the other hand, was allegedly keen on the move. Played in this league before, knows the manager and many of the players. He would be the one I would want us to try to secure in January. Hopefully they have plenty of time to sort that out between now and then. Don’t know how long he has left on his current contract.