The revolving door keeps spinning on Wolves transfers
New players keep arriving and even more keep departing as the Wolves transfer saga has another summer of massive changes at the club. We can but hope that when the door stops spinning at the end of August that Wolves have a squad that can challenge at the right end of the table.
This is the third time in recent years we have seen significant expenditure by the club at this level. The first time was when Solbakken was in charge and that season ended in relegation not the hoped for promotion. And last season, when Zenga was the manager we saw even more money spent in a season that resulted in next to no improvement in position in the league. Now it's Nuno at the helm and we have to hope for a better outcome.
Certainly the CV of the Portugese man reads better than the predecessors and the fact he has brought in his own back up team, and that he has a full pre season working with the players should have its benefits. And there is unquestionably more of a feeling of optimism that this time the club may have got it right. But mass changes don't always bring instant success, and that's what owners Fosun are clearly looking for.
As of the afternoon of July 14th, 14 players have left the club since the end of last season. 5 that we had on loan - Stearman, Borthwick-Jackson, Ola John, Teixeira and Weimann. Plus 9 off the payroll - Henry, Williamson, Silvio, Wallace, Saville, Gladon, Ebanks Landell, Bodvarsson and Iorfa.
Added to that the loss of Carl Ikeme with illness, and everyone associated with Wolves will be pledging to him all the strength he needs to make a full recovery.
Through the in-door have come two keepers, Ruddy and Norris, 5 defenders Bennett, Boly, Miranda, Douglas and Afuso-Ayeh plus of course the record midfield signing of Neves.
So the current stocktake is;
Keepers: John Ruddy, Norris, Burgoyne, Jack Ruddy, Lonergan
Centre Backs: Boly, Miranda, Bennett, Batth, Hause (after this week's friendly do we add Coady to that list?)
Full/Wing Backs: - Afuso-Ayeh, Douglas, Doherty (maybe Coady and Marshall)
Central/Defensive Midfield: Neves, Saiss, Ronan, Coady, Price, Evans, Oniangue
Wide/Attacking midfield: Costa, Cavaleiro, Graham, Marshall, Zyro, Edwards, Mason
Youngsters pushing for a place in the first team squad include defenders Deslandes and Simpson, midfielders Herc and Enobakhare, and strikers Ennis and Wilson.
No surprise if there are more departures with Lonergan, Evans, Oniangue probably the most likely.
And more arrivals with one or two strikers surely top of the shopping list. Question is, with expenditure on transfers now over £40m in the last two years, how much more can the club afford to spend before risking FFP sanctions?
Another busy summer at Molineux, and naming the team for the opening fixture against Middlesbrough in just three weeks time is no more than a guessing game at this stage.