Ah yes, the time has come. This is the final article of our 2019-2020 preview series. It has been a please to write about a subject that I love. This last club is one of the most exciting and historic teams in English football. Let us just get into though. Wolverhampton. The club that plays at Molineux, the oldest Football […]
Ah yes, the time has come. This is the final article of our 2019-2020 preview series.
It has been a please to write about a subject that I love. This last club is one of the most exciting and historic teams in English football. Let us just get into though.
Wolverhampton. The club that plays at Molineux, the oldest Football stadium in the world. One of the first clubs to have floodlights installed in the stadium. This season, they will play in the Europa League, their first time back in European club competition in almost 40 years.
They have a reputation as “Giant Killers”, beating a Hungarian side in 1954 that had players who finished runner-up in that year’s World Cup. This past season, they took points off five of the top six sides, something that most would consider an impossible task for a newly-promoted side.
Their current manager is Nuno Espirito Santo, a former Portuguese player who has a rigid system that has proven results. Sometimes, they are predictable, but that doesn’t stop them from frustrating opponents and getting a result when needed.
This summer, Wolves have signed Raul Jimenez, Patrick Cutrone, Leander Dendoncker, and Jesus Vallejo. They have a solid team, with midfield maestro Joao Moutinho and young star Ruben Neves. They let a couple of players leave on loan, particularly wide players, so they must have a tweak in the system they’re looking to play.
They have done good business but might need someone to come in and shield the midfield playmakers. For the Wolves, someone like Roberto Gagliardini from Inter might be an option. He completed 2.0 tackles and interceptions while scoring five goals. Inter brought in Romelu Lukaku from Man United, so this could be a cheaper option to bring in. It would also allow Moutinho some valuable rest when needed.
Since the club is in the Europa League, they need to make sure certain players are getting the rest they need. There is a lot of promising talent in the club, such as youngster Morgan Gibbs-White. He came on as a sub for most of the matches he played but showed promise. They also have Ruben Vinagre, a young wingback who likes to get forward on the left flank. With such an array of young talent, it will be exciting to see how they develop in the years to come.
It is nice to see Wolves back in the Premier League. They are such a wonderful team to watch, beating the bigger clubs and having a wonderful home atmosphere. I think that this season will be tougher for them after their 7th place finishes last season. With European competition, there are a lot more games to play. I think they will take a step back, finishing 10th. I do think they will surprise teams in Europe, making it well into the knockout stages of the competition. If Ajax can do it in the Champion’s League, so can Wolves.