Wolves going for third time lucky?
In the summer of 2012 Wolves introduced a foreign manager in Stale Solbakken and around £13m of foreign talent to try to secure a swift return to the Premier League after their relegation. And in the summer of 2016 they followed a similar pattern by employing Walter Zenga as manager and splashing even more cash, getting on for £30m, to try to achieve instant success for new owners Fosun.
Now it is rumoured that a similar route may be tried again.
As last year the club may put their transfer pot in the hands of agent Jorge Mendes and ask him to try again to source the players from around Europe that can take Wolves to the promised land. If they choose that route it is rumoured that manager Paul Lambert would depart the scene rather than inherit more players that weren't his choice, and the name of Jose Couceiro is already being linked as his replacement. And Lambert would in turn evidently be welcomed back with open arms at Norwich.
The talk had been that Lambert was set on bringing in players that had experience of the english leagues, and that was certainly the formula that worked this season at Newcastle and Brighton who had largely home grown players. Meanwhile at Wolves, consistency was the one word you would not have given to the new squad as they achieved results against Liverpool and Stoke and Newcastle, but not against Burton, Wigan or Birmingham.
We saw some great moments from Costa, occasionally from Bodvarsson, and even less frequently from Saiss and Cavaleiro. And after that £30m investment, the final outcome was the same number of points as in the disappointing 2015/16 season.
If that's the route Wolves go down then we can but hope that Mendes finds some gems, that the players adapt quickly to the English game and that the manager lands running. Like last year it would make for an interesting and exciting summer. But once the season starts would it lead to the same disappointments, and will we be left wondering whether the policy of finding more reliable, battle hardened, players with a proven record in this league, might have been the better option.
All speculation at the moment, and it will be a few months into the 17/18 season before we know whether the right decisions have been made.