Wolverhampton Wanderers announced their shirt numbers for the 2021/22 campaign this afternoon.
Beginning their season tomorrow away at Leicester City, we will see the players sport the new kit for the first time.
However, the shirt numbers can also provide us with an insight into the club’s plans for the upcoming season.
Below is what we have noticed:
Marquee centre-back signing incoming
There are several Wolves shirt numbers vacated on this list, but the most significant one is the number four shirt.
It is the second consecutive season the number has been omitted. It was last wore by former Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo for the 2019/20 season.
However, with the centre-back Max Kilman’s shirt number being changed from 49 to 23, it suggests that a new centre-back could be due.
Wolves are not strongly linked with many centre-backs currently, but watch this space with owners Fosun still expected to spend.
Jordao to feature this season
Midfielder Bruno Jordao has kept the number six shirt, which is, traditionally, a first-team number.
Following his loan spell at Portuguese side Famalicao last season, it may be that Jordao is to feature in head coach Bruno Lage’s plans for this season.
Wolves are currently short on central midfielders, and Jordao could prove a useful back-up.
We will have to wait to see if this comes to fruition, as the midfielder is currently out injured.
Rafa Mir to go?
There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the Spanish striker’s future.
Marca reported today that Rafa Mir will return to the Wolves training ground.
Whether he will feature for Wolves is yet to be seen, but the absence of a shirt number may indicate that his future lies away from Molineux.
On the other hand, Lage has expressed his interest in Mir being around the first-team picture this season and Wolves still have time to register him.
Owen Otasowie still involved but unlikely to stay?
A more surprising inclusion is Owen Otasowie. The midfielder is expected to leave in the immediate future.
The USA international retained his number 54 shirt. However, with the versatile player not receiving an upgrade like his teammate Kilman, it may suggest his future remains uncertain.
Otasowie is linked to a number of clubs, including Premier League duo Everton and West Ham United.