Wolves currently sit bottom of the Premier League table having had a nightmare start to 2022/23.
Optimism was sky-high following what looked a really good summer transfer window.
After tailing off and finishing 10th last season, the board backed Bruno Lage in a big way, sanctioning moves for the likes of Nathan Collins, Goncalo Guedes and Matheus Nunes.
It was felt as though Wolves had assembled a squad to, at the very least, build on last season’s mid-table finish.
But for a variety of reasons, it just hasn’t clicked at all this season.
It’s just two wins in the Premier League so far, and Wolves have again struggled to score goals. But the defending at times has also been really poor.
Arguably, Wanderers made a mistake in letting too many experienced stars and leaders leave.
Many players have underperformed and in October, the decision was made to sack Bruno Lage following a 2-0 defeat to West Ham United.
Wolves wanted Julen Lopetegui to replace the Portuguese.
He initially said no due to the difficult situation of his father being unwell.
Weeks after the setback though, Wolves did get their man.
Lopetegui now has a huge job on his hands.
He’s got to get the team scoring goals, defending better and ultimately taking points in games.
Paramount to this will be having a strong January transfer window.
There have already been many links, and it is exciting to think how different Wolves’ squad could look come the end of January. By many accounts, the club is expected to be busy.
But can Lopetegui get Wolves to safety come May next year?
Predicting Wolves’ finishing position in the Premier League in 2022/23
Lopetegui is someone who demands the highest standards.
He has been hugely successful in the game as a result of his intensity and tactical flexibility, but also his likeability. Players respect him, and want to play for him.
These players have needed whipping into shape and hopefully he will get a tune out of them where Lage couldn’t.
The squad is absolutely packed with talent. Granted, a few more players need bringing in. But this squad should be nowhere near the relegation zone.
Lopetegui should have enough to keep the club in the Premier League. He’s top coach with great pedigree.
But given the awful start, it really could be touch and go.
PREDICTED PREMIER LEAGUE FINISH FOR WOLVES IN 2022/23 – 17th.