It will be a huge challenge for Wolverhampton Wanderers to finish in the top-eight come the end of 2021/22.
That is the view of Tony Cascarino, who has been speaking about the club on talkSPORT this morning.
It is all change at Molineux, of course, heading into the new campagin.
Bruno Lage has replaced Nuno Espirito Santo, and the hope is that the 45-year-old will bring a more entertaining brand of football to the Black Country, with the results to boot.
Yesterday Lage oversaw his first game in change, and it ended in a 1-0 defeat to Crewe Alexandra.
It is going to take time for all players to get used to the ways of the new manager.
It is going to be a very interesting season, but Cascarino thinks a top eight finish will likely be beyond Wolves.
He said (9:45am): “I think it’s a big challenge for Wolves this year.
“I thought there were really bad signs last season and that things were starting to fall apart. The way they played.
“I do feel it’s a season a lot of Wolves fans will go into not quite sure how they’re going to do.
“They were a club many people thought would be a top-eight team, I think that will be a huge challenge for them this year.”
When asked about a potential relegation battle, Cascarino replied: “I don’t think it will be as bad as that.
“You need [Raul] Jimenez back. They’re now bringing younger players in. It’s got to work.
“And the management. That’s been a huge change at Wolves. Nuno was huge for what happened at that football club.”
Lage needs backing
There will more than likely be some tough times ahead.
It is inevitable given all the changes that are happening at the club.
But Lage needs the backing of everyone through those tough times and everyone needs to pull in the same direction.
The appointment has potential to be great.
Maybe, as Cascarino says, a top-eight finish will be a struggle in season one.
But hopefully Lage, with the right recruitment, can prove the doubters very wrong.