There is potential for this season to be a tricky one for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It is a period of transition at Molineux, as we shift away from the Nuno Espirito Santo era to the Bruno Lage era.
It’s going to be a season of twists and turns, but hopefully the new man in charge can enjoy a decent first campaign. There have certainly been some positive early signs.
It is going to be interesting to see which players flourish under his tutelage.
The 2020/21 season was arguably Pedro Neto’s season.
The winger, currently sidelined after undergoing surgery on a broken knee cap, was often the shining light for Wolves.
But who could be this season’s Neto?
The striker will likely be playing second fiddle to Raul Jimenez this term.
But he’ll get opportunities, and there’s a good chance of him really developing his game under Lage.
He looked decent in pre-season, and you can already tell he’s been bulking up.
It was difficult for him last season being thrown in at the deep end.
But those experiences will help him, and this season could end up being his breakout.
Hoever featured very last season following his move from Liverpool.
He ended up making 15 appearances across all competitions, as Nelson Semedo played the bulk of the games at right wing-back.
It looks like Semedo will again be the main man, but Hoever looked good in pre-season and can obviously tuck in as a right centre-back too.
That versatility could stand him in good stead, especially when Willy Boly and Romain Saiss head off to AFCON.
Wolves clearly rate Ait-Nouri highly.
Of the three players Wolves loaned in last season, the Frenchman was the only one to be snapped up permanently.
He has started the season behind Fernando Marcal, but it is only a matter of time before chances come his way.
Marcal’s injury record is well documented, meaning Ait-Nouri surely will get his chance at some point.
He was very lively in pre-season operating as a winger.