Wolves fans are very much looking forward to 2023.
It has been an awful start to the season, but Julen Lopetegui is in place now at Molineux and things feel a lot better.
The 56-year-old was always Wolves’ top choice to replace Bruno Lage, and it’s been clear to see over the past month or so why club officials were so keen to bring him in.
Potentially, he could do really good things at Wolves.
He’s got a lot of work to do, but hopefully he will receive a good level of backing this month so he can guide the club away from danger.
A lot of Wolves players have really underperformed this season for one reason or another.
But here’s three that could really take this calendar year by storm under the guidance of Lopetegui…
Nunes came in as Wolves’ biggest signing in the summer – both in terms of profile and cost.
Many clubs wanted him, and he could easily have gone to a Champions League outfit.
But it was Wolves that won the race, and fans were absolutely delighted to see him holding that gold and black shirt aloft.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t really happened for Nunes at Molineux just yet.
We have seen his quality in glimpses, but the consistency just hasn’t there.
Arguably, he has not been deployed in his best role, which is in a midfield two.
He made some comments recently to suggest that he is really going to step things up this year, and hopefully under Lopetegui he can do that.
Wolves’ other marquee signing in the summer of 2022 Goncalo Guedes has also struggled.
The £27.5 million attacker had been chased by the club for some time.
Like Nunes, fans rejoiced when he finally made the move, and many couldn’t wait to see how he would improve productivity in the final third.
But it hasn’t happened for Guedes so far.
But Lopetegui has seen the 25-year-old a number of times for Valencia during his time managing in Spain.
It is very possible he could really get the best out of him this year.
Hodge was handed his debut for Wolves by Steve Davis back in October, and he is now a genuine first-team option.
It is clear the new manager really likes him.
On his first day at Compton Park, he told Hodge to his face that he thought he played well in the Carabao Cup game against Leeds United.
He handed him starts against Gillingham and Everton. He also played in both friendly matches out in Marbella while the World Cup was on.
It will be tough for him in terms of getting minutes. Ruben Neves is nailed on to start, so that leaves up to two spaces in the midfield. Lopetegui has the likes of Nunes, Joao Moutinho, Boubacar Traore and Connor Ronan (who could leave on loan) to choose from.
But he’s tenacious, technical and will work his socks off to become a regular.
Under Lopetegui, he could become Wolves’ latest breakout star.