Jamie Carragher and Thierry Henry were in the Sky Sports Monday Night Football studio for Wolves’ clash with West Brom last night.
Carragher was asked to reflect on Wolves’ season and he conceded he had been disappointed with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
He admitted that injuries – most notably to Raul Jimenez – had impacted the Old Gold’s campaign.
But he said that before the season started, he felt Wolves could be top four contenders. After last night’s 1-1 draw, they sit 12th.
“Overall, with Wolves I have been disappointed with them this season,” said Carragher. “I felt they could be doing what West Ham are doing now, with no European football.
“They finished seventh the last couple of seasons and this could have been the season where they made that jump and it just hasn’t happened.
“I understand the situation with (Raul) Jimenez, (Pedro) Neto as well and Jonny has been a big player for them in the year or so. They’ve flitted between a back four and back five. They always had one system [before].
“It just hasn’t been the season the supporters expected. I thought they’d challenge for the Champions League spots this season but it hasn’t happened.”
“It’ll be a big summer for Wolves – they do spend. But you can’t come away from Jimenez, I think he’s the best striker outside the top six.”
Henry added: “It’s not an easy one for the coach, I’m sure he had planned with Jimenez. Suddenly you have a young kid like Fabio Silva who has to learn how to play in the Premier League.
“He expected to learn with a big guy like Jimenez next to him, suddenly he’s not there any more. You have to answer the call straight away as a young guy and it’s not easy.”
Nuno has gambled with a thin squad since his arrival and in previous seasons, it’s worked out, even with European commitments.
It hasn’t worked during this frantic season and in truth, playing with such a small group of players always made Wolves susceptible to bring really badly impacted by injuries.
As Carragher says, it’s a big summer for Wolves to bolster their squad and get back into the race for the European places next time around.
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