The January transfer window is not far away, and for Wolves it is a very important period.

The club have made a decent start to the new season, taking 16 points from 11 games to sit eighth in the Premier League table.

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Bruno Lage (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

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The division is tight though, so a few poor results and the club will drop like a stone.

There has been a lot to like about Wolves, but there have also been question marks too.

We have seen Wolves trying to adopt a new attacking style, but only in certain games.

It is as though Lage has not had the confidence in the players at his disposal to play the way he has previously with Benfica.

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Jeff Shi (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

It has seemed he has been trying to amass as many points as possible, by instructing his side to sit back.

It is going to be very interesting to see how Wolves are looking at the end of January.

Hopefully a few new faces will come in, and we see the style that was on show in the first few weeks of 2021/22.

But how could Wolves line up after the January window shuts?

Possible Wolves starting XI after January

There are two signings that Wolves really need to make.


Both were linked during the last window, and would really improve the starting XI.

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There have been reports Wolves could launch a bid for Lille star Renato Sanches.

He would add mobility and technical quality to the Wolves midfield.

Wolves have also been linked with Sanches’ Lille teammate Sven Botman.

The Dutchman, who is currently out injured, was said to be open to a move to Molineux.

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With Willy Boly and Romain Saiss heading off to AFCON, Wolves could do with getting him in early and embedding him into the side.

It is thought that Pedro Neto will be ready for match action around mid-January. It would be good to see him back on that right-wing.

Jonny Castro Otto’s return will also come in the new year, although the form of Rayan Ait-Nouri may force the Spaniard to wait for minutes.

It will be very interesting to see if Lage changes formation if he does get some new players.

It would be no surprise to see him sticking with the 3-4-3 though, given he’s had success with it early doors. Only Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have conceded fewer goals in the league so far.

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