Lage has three options after Wolves flopped on deadline day

Deadline day didn’t live up to its potential for Wolverhampton Wanderers as they missed out on three players.

Renato Sanches appeared to be edging towards a transfer to Wolves on Monday night but it fell through early on Tuesday and things only got worse.

Wolves tried to arrange a deal for Marseille utility man Boubacar Kamara only to find out the Frenchman didn’t fancy a move to England.

And a bid for Kieffer Moore was turned down by Cardiff City’s suitably unimpressed manager Mick McCarthy.

Bruno Lage made no secret of his wish to see new players brought to Molineux on deadline day but the Wolves boss will have to make do with what he’s got.

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The squad is unquestionably stronger than it was at the start of the window, though doubts remain over whether Wolves have managed to improve their starting XI.

But what is Lage’s best Wolves XI now the window has shut? Our Wolves writers Alex Dicken, Ben Husband and Ryan Leister have put forward their teams.

Lage wants to play a back four and while he hasn’t been able to build the defence he wanted, Wolves could still go down that route.

The returns of Willy Boly and Yerson Mosquera, as well as the form of Max Kilman, gives Lage some solid options if he does decide to move away from the 3-4-3 shape.

Nelson Semedo and Marcal are Lage’s full-backs/wing-backs of choice, with Ki-Jana Hoever and Rayan Ait-Nouri acting as deputies.

Holding onto Ruben Neves and Adama Traore is the biggest success of Wolves’ transfer window and both of them will be key players under Lage.

Neves will be partnered in midfield by Joao Moutinho, whose recent form has been much improved on last season.

Francisco Trincao and Raul Jimenez are guaranteed places in attack alongside Traore irrespective of what formation Lage picks.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: The Wolverhampton Wanderers club badge during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion at Molineux on May 9, 2021 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

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So, without further ado, here’s how we’d line Wolves up…

Alex Dicken

(4-4-2): Sa; Semedo, Boly, Kilman, Marcal; Trincao, Neves, Moutinho, Traore; Jimenez, Podence

Ben Husband

(4-2-3-1): Sa; Semedo, Boly, Mosquera, Marcal; Neves, Moutinho; Trincao, Silva, Traore; Jimenez

Ryan Leister

(4-2-3-1): Sa; Semedo, Boly, Kilman, Marcal; Neves, Moutinho; Trincao, Podence, Traore; Jimenez

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