2020 was a rollercoaster year for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It saw the club reach a Europa League quarter-final following a mammoth 2019/20 season, and secure another seventh-place finish in the Premier League.

Diogo Jota and Matt Doherty left in the summer, and £35.6 million was splashed on an 18-year-old.

Who knows what 2021 is going to bring, but here are a few predictions for the year ahead.

Top 10 finish

The sale of Jota is already looking like it is stinging.

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Doherty and his creativity is also a big loss, and it seems that 2020/21 could well be a bit of a transition period.

Hopefully all the new signings will get to grips with the Premier League soon, and Wolves can perhaps challenge for a Europa League spot again.

 

Realistically though, the club could be looking at more of a mid-table finish this time around, especially with Raul Jimenez potentially missing a significant part of the remainder of campaign.

Pedro Neto gets YPOTY nomination

He’s made a brilliant start, and one gets the feeling 2021 could be Pedro Neto’s breakout year.

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The Portugal international not only looks dangerous whenever he’s in a one-vs-one situation, he also works his socks off which is so important for teams today.

The 20-year-old could very well be looking at a Young Player of the Season nomination if he sees this current level through to the end of the campaign.

Marcal proves to be best signing

Based on what we’ve seen up to now, Fernando Marcal is looking a very shrewd bit of business.

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The Brazilian was brought in for just £1.78 million from Lyon (BBC Sport) after their run to the Champions League semi-finals, and the French side’s loss is Wolves’ gain.

The star has been unspectacular yet solid, and there’s a good chance he’ll prove to be Nuno’s best buy come the end of the campaign.

He should get enough minutes to show his quality, with Rayan Ait-Nouri talented but raw, and Jonny potentially needing some time to get back to where he was pre-knee injury.

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