It is a new dawn for Wolverhampton Wanderers ahead of the 2021/22 season.

A new head coach has arrived in Bruno Lage, with a new philosophy and backroom staff.

With the season kick-off almost upon us, it is time to make some bold predictions about Wolves for the upcoming campaign.

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Wolves to qualify for Europe

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Sevilla - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final
DUISBURG, GERMANY – AUGUST 11: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final between Wolves and Sevilla at MSV Arena on August 11, 2020 in Duisburg, Germany. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

It would not have been so bold to say this a year ago following Wolves’ back-to-back seventh place finishes.

However, after the reality check of last season, it seems that ambitions are not quite as lofty.

Wolves have had a quiet transfer window whilst teams around them such as Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have spent lavishly.

However, the Premier League is very open outside of the top four. Wolves might benefit from this, especially with the return of Raul Jimenez from injury.

If they bring in two more signings, then this will become a much more realistic prospect.

Wolves to suffer a cupset

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One stain that new head coach Bruno Lage has on his CV is his cup record.

 

During his successful stint as Benfica boss, he suffered disappointing cup-exits to both Sporting Lisbon and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Whilst losing to teams of this calibre is nothing to be embarrassed about, it does highlight a potential weakness in cup displays.

Under Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolves never suffered a cup upset, but they do happen every year and Wolves just could be the unlucky team this time around.

3 players to score 10+ goals

Wolverhampton Wanderers Pre-Season Training Session
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Raul Jimenez (L) and Fabio Silva of Wolverhampton Wanderers. (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Last season Wolves’ top scorers were Pedro Neto and Ruben Neves with five league goals, therefore to suggest three will double that is maybe the boldest of these predictions.

Yet, a major boost for the Molineux side will be the return of striker Jimenez. If he is available for the entire season, then he will be expected to hit double figures.

Then throw in another striker, such as Fabio Silva, or young winger Neto. Both of which are only going to improve with age and show massive potential.

Other contenders here could be Francisco Trincao, Rafa Mir or Adama Traore. Under a more attack-minded manager hopefully there will be many more goals.

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