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What happens at Wolves after transfer deadline day fiasco

The dust has now settled a little bit following a terrible transfer deadline day for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Despite the fact Bruno Lage wanted to add at least two new players to his squad before the deadline on Tuesday, Wolves failed to recruit anyone.

The only business Wolves completed on deadline day saw Morgan Gibbs-White head to Sheffield United on loan.

Wolves’ transfer team of Jeff Shi, Scott Sellars and Co tried to bolster Lage’s ranks and made moves for Renato Sanches, Boubacar Kamara and Kieffer Moore.

All three deals didn’t happen for a variety of reasons, so Lage must now move forward with the squad at his disposal.

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That squad includes five new players signed during this transfer window, with Jose Sa, Yerson Mosquera, Rayan Ait-Nouri, Francisco Trincao and Hwang Hee-chan all arriving.

Wolves offloaded players too, with Rui Patricio completing a £10million switch to Roma, Rafa Mir joining Sevilla for £13.7m and Owen Otasowie heading for Club Brugge in a £3.5m transfer.

Our Wolves reporter Alex Dicken took part in a Q&A with supporters yesterday and here are the questions and answers.

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“How likely is it that Bruno walks?”

This is something I have seen a lot of fans fretting about. I can’t claim to know exactly what Lage is thinking but I will try to explain how I see the situation.

Lage was desperate to come to the Premier League and he is extremely grateful to have been given the chance by Wolves. He’s very confident in himself, probably more so than most other managers I’ve encountered.

He knew he wasn’t walking into a club that were planning to spend big in the transfer market, but he hoped Wolves would trade well enough to give him the squad he wanted.

Lage didn’t really want to sell Rafa Mir, for instance, but he agreed to it knowing the striker wanted to leave and believing that Wolves would reinvest the money.

I don’t think Lage is well known or established enough to walk out on the opportunity Wolves have given him, whereas other managers might.

The disappointing thing is that Lage has transformed Wolves’ playing style in the space of two months and it’s blindingly obvious to everyone who has watched this team that it’s so close to being a very good one.

“Won’t we still do better with Bruno because we will be playing for 90 minutes instead of trying to come from behind?”

I honestly wouldn’t be concerned about the team itself too much. I think Lage has already proved that he’s a very good coach and the team is playing much better football than it did last season.

The question marks over results remain, but Wolves can’t keep creating 20 chances per game and not taking them. Eventually the goals and points will start to flow.

You can tell the players are enjoying working with Lage, however demanding he might be on the training pitches, and there are smiles on faces.

Last season there was rarely a clear game-plan other than sit deep and rely on Adama Traore or Pedro Neto to conjure up a moment of magic. Now, Wolves are creating chances from all over the place.

What happens at Wolves after transfer deadline day fiasco
Wolves head coach Bruno Lage

“Can Coady play in midfield in a 4-4-2?”

I’ve seen a lot of people putting Coady’s name forward for a midfield role now that Mosquera and Boly are on the verge of returning, but I can’t see it happening.

Coady was a Championship midfielder who became a Premier League player in a specialist position. Whether Lage continues to play him at centre-back remains to be seen, but I’d be stunned if he considered using him in midfield.

“How can a team that apparently scouts 5000 players a month be scratting around on the last day of the transfer window?”

I can recall the ‘5,000 players a month’ quote from former sporting director Kevin Thelwell back in 2018.

The fact of the matter is that Wolves shouldn’t have been desperately searching for new signings on Deadline Day, they should have wrapped their business up well in advance.

The Renato Sanches deal felt like a Wolves transfer and he is someone Lage admires, but the deals for Boubacar Kamara and Kieffer Moore definitely didn’t.

The Moore move especially felt like a club looking to make a signing for the sake of it because a striker wasn’t what Wolves needed.

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“Could Marcal move to centre-back?”

It’s definitely an option because Marcal played there for Lyon. Marcal is 100 percent Lage’s first choice left-back/wing-back now though so I can’t see him being used at centre-back regularly.

Lage still wants to play with a back four, it just comes down to whether he thinks the five centre-backs available to him are good enough to play the way he wants.

Now that Mosquera and Boly are nearing a return, I think there’s a possibility that Lage pairs one of them with Kilman and gives a back four a go at some stage.

Let us know your thoughts on the transfer window in the comments section below…



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