Wolves are very much still trying to get going in 2020/21.
The club have made an unspectacular start in terms of performance levels, but have amassed 13 points from their first eight games which isn’t bad going considering Leicester are top of the league on 18 points.
Wolves fans have watched as the team have struggled to score goals, showing glimpses of quality here and there.
Not everybody has been at the races so far, and here are three stars who probably have a point to prove to the manager at the moment:
His performance against Sheffield United in the first game was excellent, but all of a sudden the Moroccan finds himself warming the bench.
The emergence of Max Kilman and Rayan Ait-Nouri has seen Saiss become less of a priority for Nuno, and he’ll have to work hard to get back in.
There’s also cover at left wing-back in the form of Fernando Marcal, so he’ll definitely have to up his game in training if he wants regular minutes again.
He’s been glorious to watch at Molineux for the longest time, but Joao Moutinho’s form over the past few months has been suspect.
Games have been bypassing him, and his usual creative spark just hasn’t been the same of late – his last assist coming against Olympiacos in the Europa League back in March.
Ruben Neves and Leander Dendoncker appear to be ahead of him right now, but form is temporary and class is permanent, and hopefully £5 million star Moutinho can rediscover his mojo after the international break.
The 24-year-old Spaniard has not had a great start to 2020/21, with Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence both bright sparks for Wolves in the early stages.
His qualities are well documented, but the manager is in a difficult position given the form of the other two players.
He may have to bide his time to get that first start in a while, but when it comes he has to make the most of it – because competition for places is tough.