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Season 1, Episode 3
So the season has begun. But before I delve into the results for August, let me start by having a look at a few transfers that were made before I became manager.
There were a whole host of Transfer deals out of my control. Some I’m very happy with, others, not so much…
Leander Dendoncker and Patrick Cutrone are players that are of Premier League quality. Young, ambitious and have a point to prove. I’m hoping from great things from them this season. Jimenez is a player Wolves fans are already familiar with. With his exceptional performances last season on loan from Benfica, his deal was made permanent with a £34m fee. A lot of money, but he is a great all-round striker. At 28 years old, I wish he was a little younger.
Pedro Neto is a young Portuguese winger who can also play as a striker. As we don’t play wingers, he will be trained and played as an Advanced Forward. He isn’t of Premier League standard yet, but with the depth of our squad, and the amount of games we have this year, he will surely take part. Let’s hope he’s a quick learner.
Bruno Jordao is another ‘one for the future’ but will take part now kind of player. Our squad is so small, and whoever was before me was trying to invest in the future. Are these players good enough? My initial thoughts they may not be. But I’m willing to give them a chance.
And now we get to the very questionable deals. Tsun Dai, Hong Wan, Cyriaque Mayounga & Flavio Cristovao are completely out of their depth. Have they been bought to help build a world wide presence and generate Wolves fans and income?
But right now, we need players of quality. Ones that can make the difference in this cut throat league we call the Premier League.
League Transfer Round-Up
Liverpool spent bid this summer with two signings to provide comeptition for the likes of Andy Robertson at Left-back and Bobby Firmino at Centre Forward. They’re clearly pushing for the title and don’t want to see the likes of Manchester City claim the crown three times on the bounce.
To put it bluntly, our performances have not been good. Are we falling victim to a European Hangover so early in the season? We’ve already played 9 games this season whereas our league opponents have only played 3.
These Europa League qualifiers are proving to be nothing but a thorn in my side. We’re playing poor teams and then travelling to the likes of Manchester United. It’s an odd missmash of fixtures that may be leaving our players complacent.
I was generally happy with the performance at Manchester United. We played well and hit the post just before they scored two quick goals from Martial (’72) and Rashford (’78).
The games against Brighton and Everton were hugely disappointing. We barely did anything right. These games have already got me questioning our 5-3-2 formation, but the team doesn’t have the depth to play anything else at the moment. We must persevere.
The Games Pile Up
The games are coming thick and fast. The League Cup draw has not been kind to us, with Manchester City away on the horizon in two successive matches.
We play host to Leciester next who have had an equally poor start to the season as us. I’m hoping for better chance creation in the next couple of games.
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