Wandering to Titles – Can We Do The Impossible? (April) Episode 58

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Season 5, Episode 58

Our quest for a successful title defence wages on. Our perfect month of results in March has seen us reach the Quarter Final of the Champions League and the Semi-Final of the FA Cup. Last season we bowed out at the Quarter Final stage of the Champions League to a superb Real Madrid side. I would like to at least go one better this one, but we have the other side of Madrid to face first.

The FA Cup looks like a real prospect for silverware this year with Arsenal being the last major contender in our way. Back-to-back FA Cups hasn’t been done since Arsenal when they won it twice in a row in 2014 & 2015.

We sit a point behind Manchester United in the title race, and we face them next in a tie which could define the league season.

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Wandering to Titles – Battling On Three Fronts (March) Episode 57

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Season 5, Episode 57

I’d like to put our indifferent form behind us and continue with how we played against Schalke. We’re two points behind Chelsea and we cannot afford to continue dropping points in the league.

Diogo Jota continues to be unhappy at the club and with good reason. He hasn’t played much this year and for his career to be stagnating when he’s in his prime, it must be hard. He’s a team leader and it’s not a good look to have one of them be so unhappy at the club.

Chelsea have a tougher month in March as their European campaign continues so the added pressure of that will weigh heavy.

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Wandering to Titles – A Downturn In Form (February) Episode 56

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Season 5, Episode 56

We’ve had a busy January month of fixtures and transfers, and we came out the end of it in good shape. It was sad to see Bruno Fernandes leave, but his performances of late were dwindling, and he was coming to the end of his contract. How can I draft up a new contract for a soon-to-be 30 year old that isn’t pulling his weight?

Young Phil Foden has come in to replace him for less money than we received for Bruno and he has all the attributes to fill the void.

Foden will play against his former team in a few days as we face Manchester City on the 6th of February. I have faith he is mature enough to not let the occasion affect him.

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Wolves (2nd) vs Tottenham (12th)
3/2/2024 Premier League

Tottenham are having a disaster of a season so far under Fatih Terim. But this is no time to get complacent. They still have quality within the squad and we need to be ready for anything they throw at us.

A case of the flu has spread through the squad a little prior to this match. Neves, van de Beek and Fiezzi all have it and are resting at home.

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Wandering to Titles – Busy Winter Window (January) Episode 55

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Season 5, Episode 55

I’m very happy going into the new year. We start 2024 top of the table. By just one point, but it doesn’t matter how many points were ahead, as long as we finish top. That’s the aim.

I suspect a busy window for us as three transfers have already been confirmed. I tend to be a little conservative in the January window, but times are tough with these home-grown restrictions in place and I will jump at a chance to grab any top quality home-grown talent when I can.

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Day One Deals

As I said, three transfers have already been confirmed. You know of Christian from Arsenal for £45m. My plan is to slowly ease him into the squad and play as a rotation option with Vinagre. Have we over-paid for him? Possibly, but only time will tell for sure. He’s already a full Brazilian international, so he’s definitely got talent. Be sure to check his attributes over in Episode 54 of Wandering to Titles.

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Wandering to Titles – Title Defence Going Strong (December) Episode 54

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Season 5, Episode 54

The top of the table is looking very congested but that could all change quite dramatically with the amount of games on offer this month. The winter transfer window is looming and there’s always potential for both ins and outs. Can we make any deals to help further our title defence?

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Manchester United (2nd) vs Wolves (4th)
2/12/2023 Premier League

A very tough afternoon ahead of us. Manchester United have strengthened significantly in the summer. Despite selling Martial to Real Madrid, they improved by bringing in Amine Gouiri from Lyon for £70m. He’s taken to life at Old Trafford in his stride and has amassed 10 goals in 16 appearances for them already.

Gouiri has seemingly taken over from fan favourite Rashford as he has only managed three starts this campaign.

We’re again without our first choice wing-backs but we will have to make do.

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Wandering to Titles – Left Back Woes (November) Episode 53

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Season 5, Episode 53

From thrashing Salzburg 7-1 to losing 2-1 to Watford, that was the short tale of our October results. But that’s football. An unpredictable game that keeps us all on our toes.

But we’re looking strong. Above is a selection of all our players that have achieved an average rating of 7.00 or more so far this season. A core contingent of Portuguese players lead the way for us and that’s to no surprise to be honest.

Despite playing well, we are already six points behind Arsenal in the league. I never would have thought this would be the case, considering we smashed them 4-0 in the Community Shield in the first game of the campaign.

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Wandering to Titles – I Knew A Title Defence Would Be Difficult (October) Episode 52

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Season 5, Episode 52

We have a chance to really kick-off our Champions League campaign this month after losing our first match to Inter Milan. Salzburg and Anderlecht both await us this month and I have a good feeling about these games. We should be winning them comfortably.

Arsenal are still unbeaten and are really setting the standard for this season. But we have to focus on ourselves as we can only influence the outcome of our matches.

Only one goal for Goncalves last month. I will be ensuring we aren’t putting too much pressure on the young lad. As long as he’s working hard and getting in the right positions, he will get goals. No doubt about it.

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Wolves (3rd) vs Red Bull Salzburg (4th)
3/10/2023 Champions League Group E

This match is a must win for us after our loss against Inter Milan. Onguene will play against his former club where he spent four years playing. Salzburg have been depleted of a lot of talent in recent years and are not what they used to be.

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Wandering to Titles – The Champions League Is Back (September) Episode 51

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Season 5, Episode 51

With one trophy already in the bag and Goncalves on fire at the moment, I have a good feeling about my squad. Not too many additions were made, just ones that are here to replace those that have left (discounting Gnonto’s transfer. He was too good to miss at just £6m). This has helped keep our squad cohesion going into this campaign.

We face-off in three competitions this month, and I am very eager to start tackling the Champions League once again. A tough trip to the San Siro in on offer this month. I couldn’t think of a more hostile crowd right now.

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Everton (7th) vs Wolves (6th)
2/9/2023 Premier League

I’m eager to get back to winning ways and to do that we must beat Everton away from home. Vinagre is back in the side after missing last game. I’ll be keeping a close eye on him and Lima today – they cannot keep making mistakes like they have done in the first few games.

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Wandering to Titles – Do We Have a New Star Man? (August) Episode 50

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Season 5, Episode 50

We’ve reached an incredible 50 episodes of Wandering to Titles. I just wanted to thank all of you who continue to read the story. It’s been a lot of fun writing about this save. There are no plans to stop this save as of yet. I’m just going with the flow and seeing where this takes us.

As previously mentioned, I intend to use Cutrone and Goncalves as my preferred striker partnership in the opening games of this campaign.

I believe Goncalves has all the attributes to replace the goals scored by Haaland, and Cutrone is now at an age where he cannot be considered a hot prospect. He need to start delivering. He has all the attributes to do so, so I intend to give him an extended run in the side to get his confidence up. His biggest tally in the league was 9 goals back in our 2nd season. I fully expect that to be broken soon.

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Wandering to Titles – Transfer Deals & Departure Sadness (Pre-Season) Episode 49

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Season 5, Episode 49

With an historic season just concluded, it’s been party central at the Wolves camp as we secured a domestic double. But things have quickly simmered down as we look to next season.

Now that the board do not require me to sign Portuguese players any more, I can feel a little more relaxed about our transfer policy. Gone are the days where trying to sign a non-Portuguese player will result in the board stepping in and saying no.

Thankfully that didn’t happen as often of late due to how well I’ve been doing as manager. They seem to respect my decisions.

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Main Window Goals

The issue I have on my hands now is keeping this squad together. While we’ve won the league, as a club we are no where near the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in regards to stature. We cannot pay the wages they pay. We do not have the global appeal they have.

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