Former Molineux defender Lee Naylor has praised the club for successfully keeping hold on Adama Traore and Ruben Neves, and believes the pair could now thrive moving forwards.
Wanderers had a busy summer and brought in several new first-team players.
It is now very much a Bruno Lage team, with Nathan Collins, Goncalo Guedes, Matheus Nunes, Sasa Kalajdzic and Boubacar Traore all joining, and the manager changing the formation.
A number of established players left the club as well, including Conor Coady, Willy Boly, Romain Saiss and Leander Dendoncker.
So it’s been all chop and change. But two players have stayed at Molineux when many expected both to be long gone.
Traore and Neves were expected to be early sales in the summer window.
It was felt that Neves, who had looked emotional after the last couple of games last season, would definitely depart for big money.
And Traore only had a year left on his contract so his exit was surely likely.
But ultimately, interest in the pair in the summer 2022 window was minimal.
Naylor believes it is a major positive that the duo did not leave.
He told the club’s official website: “If we can start scoring goals, I’m sure they will be appreciated more. [Keeping Neves and Traore] is definitely a win in my eyes, and now they know they’re here, you’re going to get the best out of them. Because that window’s closed and because that uncertainty has gone away, I think they’ll knuckle down now because they’re heads are on.”
Neves and Traore staying is massive for Wolves
Wolves have done some brilliant business this summer. But keeping Neves and Traore might just be the best of the lot.
Certainly, retaining Neves in particular is a major deal for Wolves.
The 25-year-old just makes Wanderers tick and is a pleasure to watch play. And he just seems to keep getting better and better.
And then Traore is a brilliant option to have in the squad. He may still lack in the end product department, but he is a nightmare for opposition defenders to face.
There is a chance that both can have a big influence for Wolves this season, and there is surely a much better chance of potential European football than if they had departed.