Wolverhampton Wanderers opened their 2021/22 campaign with a 1-0 away loss to Leicester City.
The teams were separated by Foxes’ striker Jamie Vardy, who scored a sumptuous first-time finish in the opening half.
Wolves rallied in the second half and, despite doubling Leicester City’s shots, were unable to seriously test goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Below are three Wolves players who will be looking to improve ahead of next week’s game against Tottenham Hotspur:
Key to many of Wolves’ attacks today was Traore, but he wasted the side’s best opportunity of the game.
In the first half, Joao Moutinho slipped through the Spaniard for a one-on-one chance, but he missed the target.
Vardy punished Wolves minutes later, scoring the game’s only goal.
Vardy’s effort showed how important these fine margins are at this level. Traore has been long expected to improve his numbers in front of goal, today he showed little sign of it.
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The Brazilian left-back cannot be faulted for his attitude – he is nothing short of full-throttle.
Yet despite having Champions League semi-final experience, there were still plenty of areas Marcal could be better in, and today proved that.
First of all was his defending. The cross for the only goal came down Marcal’s side with him allowing opposing player Ricardo Pereira to get through.
Second of all was Marcal in the final third. Although he did not need any encouragement to cross into the box, many of his efforts were wayward.
Going forward head coach Bruno Lage will expect a bit more quality to compliment Marcal’s endeavour.
Context must not be lost when looking at the magnitude of Raul Jimenez’s return.
At times last season it appeared to be very doubtful whether he would play again.
He is a world-class striker, and because of the high-standards he set himself, he will be disappointed with his performance today.
Jimenez did well to keep the Leicester centre-backs busy but never looked like scoring. He will hope to open his goalscoring account sooner rather than later.
Overall though, it was great to see Jimenez return.