Wolverhampton Wanderers have struggled to score goals this season.

At the moment, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have scored 28 goals in their 28 games so far – only four teams in the division have scored fewer.

There are a variety of reasons.

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Diogo Jota and Matt Doherty both provided a real creative and goal threat last season and both departed in the summer.

Then, of course, there was the loss of Raul Jimenez in November.

The striker, who has such a brilliant all-round game, suffered a fractured skull against Arsenal and has been out of action ever since.

In the Mexican’s absence, Pedro Neto and Ruben Neves have been the players to step up, but some have really let themselves down in front of goal.

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The Athletic has provided some data on the Premier League players that have taken the most shots without scoring this season – and frustratingly, two Wolves stars feature in the top five.

 

In first place with 27 efforts without scoring, is Leander Dendoncker.

Then come Aston Villa’s Trezeguet and West Ham United’s Said Benrahma, both with 24.

And in joint-fourth place are Wolves’ Adama Traore and Fulham’s Andre-Frank Anguissa, both with 23.

What might have been

Who knows how different the complexion might be right now had players like Traore and Dendoncker been able to put away their chances.

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Perhaps Dendoncker can be excused a little given he is not a natural atatcking player, although he’s still had some great opportunities especially in the air.

It’s difficult to desribe Traore’s output as anything but disappointing.

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