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How Wolves starting XI could look for 2022/23

Wolves could well be in for a big summer.

The club are currently still fighting to play European football next season.

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But realistically, finishing any higher than eighth is going to be difficult considering Wolves still have Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool to play.

Wolves have done some great things this season.

But it will be vital to strengthen ahead of 2022/23 to try and keep challenging the Premier League’s top clubs.

Here’s how Wolves’ starting XI could look with the signings of some players that have been linked with the club over the last months.

Goalkeeper – Jose Sa

Signed last summer, Jose Sa is absolutely nailed on to be Wolves’ number one again next season.

The star has been a revelation between the sticks since replacing Rui Patricio.

This is one of the positions in the starting XI that certainly does not need tending to.

Defence – Nikola Milenkovic, Conor Coady, Max Kilman

It is possible that Bruno Lage could eventually switch to a back four.

But a recent report from The Telegraph stated that the plan is to move Max Kilman over to the left of a back three, which may suggest we will still see this system next term. It could be that we see both, depending on who Wolves are facing.

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And if we do see a back three, it is highly likely that Conor Coady plays in the middle of it.

It could be that Wolves make a move for Fiorentina star Nikola Milenkovic.

The Serbia international was linked with a move to Molineux late last year, and is formidable individual who can also play out nicely from the back.

Wing-backs/Midfield – Nelson Semedo, Matheus Nunes, Joao Palhinha, Jonny Castro Otto

Nelson Semedo and Jonny Castro Otto were right wing-back and left wing-back respectively against Burnley on Sunday, and the pair could well be Lage’s go-to players for those positions next season.

In midfield, things could get interesting.

Ruben Neves is being heavily linked with an exit from the club, with several teams keen. He could easily depart if a monster offer comes in.

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And Joao Moutinho is out of contract at the end of the season, although he does want to extend.

It’s possible we could have an all-new pairing in the engine room at Molineux for 2022/23.

Joao Palhinha has long been linked with Wolves and could finally be brought in as Neves’ replacement.

While his Sporting CP Matheus Nunes teammate could also come in.

Obviously they know each other quite well and together they could make a nice, fresh combination for Wolves.

Attack – Pedrinho, Goncalo Guedes, Daniel Podence

Raul Jimenez has, unfortunately, not quite been the same player this season.

It is a miracle the striker has been able to recover from the head injury he suffered in the 2020/21 season to get back playing again.

But Wolves might just need to find a long-term replacement for the Mexican.

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The club may find one in Goncalo Guedes, who has been strongly linked with Wolves recently, and several times in the past. He will supposedly be the club’s priority this summer.

In the wide areas, Daniel Podence has really emerged as a key player for Wolves this season. It would be no surprise if Lage turned to him often next season

And Wolves have been linked with a move for Shakhtar Donetsk star Pedrinho. Supposedly the club are in advanced talks to sign the Brazilian.

That rumour seems to have legs, and he could well come in and line up on one of Wolves’ wings in 2022/23, with Pedro Neto to rotate in and perhaps eventually become a starter again.