The Wolves players returned to training this week, as they seek a fresh start under new head coach Julen Lopetegui.
Those not at the World Cup were back at Compton Park and looking to make an instant impression in front of the Spaniard.
He has a big job on his hands.
Many players have underperformed so far this season, and improvements need to be made.
Wolves just haven’t scored enough goals this season, so there is a big emphasis for Lopetegui to get more from the attacking players especially.
One man Wolves really need back at his best level is Pedro Neto, who was been on sidelines for around two months now.
Neto injured his ankle during the 2-0 defeat to West Ham United in October, after which Bruno Lage was sacked.
Neto had actually really struggled prior to that setback, which came as a surprise to many supporters.
He was thriving in pre-season and looked like one of Wanderers’ sharpest players.
But so far in the 2022/23 season, he has been strangely below par and very frustrating to watch at times.
But everyone now has a clean slate following Lopetegui’s arrival, and Neto is someone that could make a big difference for Wolves in the second half of the season.
He’s on course to return from his injury at some point in January.
Once he’s available for selection again, Lopetegui will hope to restore him to his former glory.
Pedro Neto can be a difference make for Wolves and Lopetegui must make him a priority when he is fit
We all know what Neto is capable of.
In the 2020/21 season he was absolutely electric, especially in the absence of Raul Jimenez.
He’s been really unlucky with injuries and hopefully they will not have affected his athleticism long-term.
Lopetegui will surely have his eye on a few players at Molineux, and Neto ought to be one.
The 22-year-old has the potential to be a game-changing player.
It is just about creating a system in which Neto will thrive, and also about reminding Neto how highly rated he is. He perhaps needs that arm around the shoulder following a difficult start to the season, and Lopetegui feels like someone who will do that.