2021 was a mixed bag for Wolves.
The team rather limped to the finish line in the 2020/21 season, with Nuno Espirito Santo departing at the end of the campaign.
Bruno Lage has come in and made a decent impact on a small squad.
Some players have really improved this calendar year, and here are three of the biggest cases at Molineux.
Max Kilman has been absolutely superb for Wolves this season.
The star was in and out of the team last term under Nuno, but he has been ever-present under Lage.
An injury to Willy Boly in pre-season allowed him to come in from the off, and he has taken his opportunity with both hands.
He was actually quite good last term when he did get the chance, as Wolves struggled as a collective.
But in 2021/22 he has gone to another level. And long may this remarkable rise continue.
Semedo came to Wolves in the summer of 2020, and took his time to adapt to the Premier League.
It quickly became apparent that attacking was Semedo’s biggest strength, and the defensive side of his game left a lot to be desired.
But from the second half of the 2020/21 season, Semedo has really improved.
And this season under Lage, the £77,000-a-week ace has been very impressive.
Defensively he has been sound and excels when one against one. He has also taken up some very dangerous positions and could (should) easily have a few goals to his name already.
If he can improve his finishing, then he will go to the next level.
There is no doubting Joao Moutinho struggled last season.
The maestro lacked his magic touch and let games pass him by. He, and several others, appeared to miss Raul Jimenez up top.
But he has been reborn this season under Lage, who has regularly used him in a partnership with Ruben Neves.
Neves probably gets most of the praise, but Moutinho has been really good alongside his compatriot.
Some wondered whether 2020/21 would be Moutinho’s last season at Molineux. But he has made a mockery of those suggestions.