Wolves have finished seventh in the Premier League for the past couple of seasons under Nuno Espirito Santo, but finishing there, or any higher, in 2020/21 seems highly unlikely at present.
The club is currently in something of a transition phase.
Two key players left in the summer in Diogo Jota and Matt Doherty, Raul Jimenez and Jonny have been badly missed, and Nuno has been experimenting with different formations.
Wolves surely have enough quality to stay up.
Hopefully things will soon click and an assault on the top 10 can be launched.
It could be that the lower down Wolves finish, the greater the chances are of some key players leaving Molineux in the summer.
At the halfway mark, here are three who could depart if Wolves don’t end the season strongly:
Wolves’ best player this season.
Pedro Neto has been exceptional at times this season and is the one player who seems to play well every time he takes to the field.
With Jimenez unavailable he is the team’s biggest threat, with his speed, dribbling and creativity just so impressive to watch.
One would imagine that a low finish for Wolves would encourage teams to come calling for a player with genuinely top-class potential.
Neves has been linked with an exit from Molineux several times since Wolves returned to the Premier League.
He is a top player who has a passing range many players would kill for, and there are teams out there who would love someone like him in their side.
Having been at the club since 2017, he may feel as though it is time for a change this summer and agitate for a move.
Traore is a player who is being linked with an exit from Molineux right now.
He likely won’t depart during the current transfer window, but he could well push for an exit in the summer.
The Spaniard is without a goal in the league this season, and may feel as though he could flourish in another team.
That he hasn’t yet signed a new deal like Nuno, Jimenez, Neto, Conor Coady, Max Kilman and Leander Dendoncker is likely to give interested teams encouragement in the summer.