It was the first day of Wolves’ pre-season training schedule yesterday.
That meant it was the first time Bruno Lage has taken charge of a session with his new charges.
The hard work starts here as Lage seeks to shape this side to his demands, building on the foundations of the Nuno Espirito Santo era while also adding his own ideas.
There were plenty of photos on the club website afterwards, including Jeff Shi going to the side of the pitch to watch on.
There won’t be too many Premier League executive chairmen who are on the side of their club’s training pitch this summer.
But it was Shi’s first chance to see how the new manager was interacting with his players.
Elsewhere, Raul Jimenez was back for day one and was seen looking all smiles on the training field.
Lage will hope to have him available for the start of the new season and his recovery appears to be going well.
Wolves’ first pre-season game is against Crewe on 17th July, when we’ll get a first look at Lage’s tactical plans for the season ahead.
In truth, not too much can be read into pre-season, it’s just an opportunity to get fit and for Lage to get his principles across.
The big boost would be if Jimenez makes it through looking fitter and stronger and is ready for that opening game of the season against Leicester next month.
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