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3 bold Wolves predictions for 2023

2022 was certainly a rollercoaster for Wolves.

Lots of things would happen that many fans would never have predicted on 31 December 2021.

Adama Traore was sent on loan to Barcelona.

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Wolves finished as low down as 10th having been contending for European football.

Wolves sold Morgan Gibbs-White for a fee that could reach £42.5 million.

Conor Coady left the club to join Everton on loan.

Diego Costa signed for the club.

It has been pretty eventful, and there will no doubt be many more surprising things happening again next year.

Here are three bold predictions for the coming year…

Maximilian Kilman will finally get his first England cap, after great form for Wolves

Kilman has been on the fringes when it has come to England over the past 18 months or so.

The 25-year-old was absolutely solid as anything in the first half of last season.

But when Gareth Southgate placed him under the microscope by going to watch him against Crystal Palace on March 5, he had one of his worst ever outings in a Wolves shirt.

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He’s been in the manager’s thinking, but just hasn’t quite done enough to convince him.

Steve Davis said recently that he thinks Kilman becoming more aggressive might help him to finally get that first call up.

Under Julen Lopetegui, Kilman may become a bit more dominant, and Southgate may finally hand him a chance at international level. He’s not far off, and him being a left-footer and a ball-player will definitely help his cause.

Joe Hodge will become a regular starter for Wolves

Wolves have really high hopes for Hodge, who made his first-team debut for the club back in October.

Hodge replaced Goncalo Guedes against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge at half-time, and proceeded to be one of the team’s best performers in that game.

Hodge has gone on to make a few more appearances after that, and it looks as though he could be in line to feature more for Wolves following the appointment of Julen Lopetegui.

On his first day at Compton Park, Lopetegui told Hodge that he played well against Leeds United in the Carabao Cup.

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Hodge could very well break into the starting XI and stay there next year.

Ruben Neves could leave, as could Joao Moutinho.

If he continues to work hard, as he has done to get where he is today, there is every chance the technical and tenacious starlet could become a regular starter.

And hopefully, that will be for Wolves in the Premier League and not the Championship.

Hugo Bueno will maintain his great form and win Player of the Season at Wolves

Like Hodge, Hugo Bueno made his first-team debut for Wolves in October.

The Spaniard featured in the final stages of the game against Nottingham Forest.

He then made his full debut against Crystal Palace days later, due to Rayan Ait-Nouri being ill.

Bueno shone against the Eagles, providing a wonderful assist for Adama Traore. He was easily Wolves’ best player that evening in the 2-1 defeat.

Since then, Bueno has barely put a foot wrong.

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The youngster is very lively getting forward and puts in a fantastic cross. And his defending is not too bad for a full-back who is naturally attack-minded.

Like Hodge, he’s worked extremely hard to get to where he is, and he plays in a way that suggests he is honoured to be out on the pitch.

Ruben Neves will take some beating for Wolves’ Player of the Year for 2023. But Bueno might just be capable if he keeps his place under Lopetegui.