Wolves chairman Jeff Shi has conducted an extensive interview with The Athletic.
He spoke about a range of subjects, including Wolves’ transfer business during the summer.
Wolves went into transfer deadline day seeking a new central midfielder and a new centre-half.
They came away with neither and Shi was asked about that.
“Through the whole window, we were working collaboratively with Bruno every single day, trying 20 or 30 targets overall, but the coach was unsure about two-thirds of them,” said Shi.
“He didn’t think they were better than our squad. From a coach’s view, if he has those three or four top players, something special can happen.
“He’s spot on, I totally agree with that and I appreciate the ambition. But the market has been very difficult to acquire top players.
“People ask why did Wolves leave all their targets until the final day…it’s not the truth. All the targets on the last day weren’t totally ideal targets. We’d been working for several months on ideal top targets.”
Perhaps the question should be asked why Wolves missed out on their top targets in advance of the deadline.
It’s clear that the comments haven’t done too much to dampen the frustration some fans are feeling about the way the window ended.
Here’s how they went down with some Old Gold supporters on Twitter as Wolves gear up to return to Premier League action against Watford on Saturday:
How did they find 20 players that wouldn’t have been an improvement on Cundle? Not singling him out he is only young but his seat on the bench may aswell be empty as we all know he won’t be getting on the pitch— adam robinson (@adamrobinson86) September 8, 2021
Ok so 1. We have 20-30 targets but only 10 (in the best case scenario) are any decent. Then we need to sort out our scouting system. That said 10 targets and we got maybe one player who improves our starting 11 is a shambles— Josh ◣◢ (@joshdownes2001) September 8, 2021
so there was around 10 he did want and of those 10 we got 0. lovely stuff— Nokturno 👑 (@Nokturno_) September 8, 2021
It's not just this window though is it – surely the time to build was after consecutive 7th place finishes? Squad is smaller now.— Eanna Mac Craith (@sgb306) September 8, 2021
Throw Bruno under the bus???— shaun mitchell (@mitcheyboy2010) September 8, 2021
Going down— 📌 Ed (@A6EDJ) September 8, 2021
Turning it on Bruno?!?!? Classy….— ◾🔶️ Scott Patterson 🔶️◾ (@scottyp_1991) September 8, 2021
Absolute nonsense from this man, trying to shift it onto Bruno too— Working hard or (@Hardly_working) September 8, 2021
Sorry, Jeff. All the carefully worded statements do not cover up the fact Bruno was let down.— Graham J (@GAJC119) September 8, 2021
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