Things have been quite positive at Wolves in recent weeks.
After getting beat 1-0 for three straight games at the start of the season, the team have now come into some form.
It’s four wins in the last five matches, and Wolves are now only three points off fourth-placed Brighton in the Premier League table.
Although Wolves have some momentum right now, things are not perfect and Bruno Lage will probably still have a few concerns.
Here are a few things the manager might be thinking about:
Potential for injuries, lack of depth
There is always potential for injuries in football.
But the season will soon start to get hectic, especially in December.
Wolves have been fairly fortunate so far on the injury front, with only Yerson Mosquera having been sidelined for a significant period.
Pedro Neto and Jonny are out for a while longer yet, but the manager and the fans know this.
Given the intense style Lage is trying to impose, there is perhaps a greater potential for injuries – particularly muscular ones – at Wolves than at other clubs.
That is a concern, given the lack of squad depth at Molineux.
In January, Willy Boly and Romain Saiss will head off on AFCON duty with the Ivory Coast and Morocco.
Given Wolves’ lack of centre-back options, that is not ideal.
Hopefully, Fosun recognise this significant issue and are already working on bringing in cover for Lage.
It is something they absolutely should have done in the summer. Mosquera on his own was never going to be enough.
It is simply far too risky to proceed with just Conor Coady and Max Kilman.
Wolves look poor without Jimenez
For large parts of the game against Aston Villa, Wolves were poor.
Yes they came away with three points in the end, but the performance for the most-part wasn’t great.
It coincided with Raul Jimenez starting on the bench.
Hwang Hee-chan didn’t have the best of outings, and it seems the South Korean needs the Mexican to bounce off in order to be at his most effective.
Jimenez is truly unique, and a complete player. Unfortunately, Wolves don’t really seem to have a good Plan B for when he can’t play/needs resting.