Wolves saw their unbeaten run come to an end yesterday against Crystal Palace – and the result surely reinforces the need for a January move for Renato Sanches.
Following the win over Everton, the mood was high going into this game.
The performance was much better against the Toffees than in recent weeks.
But Wolves lacked cohesion and control, and were seemingly content to sit back in the game.
The free-flowing football disappeared again, and there was very little attacking threat from the visitors.
It was all very passive, which is really frustrating given how this side has shown it can play.
Palace easily won the midfield battle, with Conor Gallagher particularly impressive for the hosts.
His all-action style really paid dividends for them.
Wolves could do with a player like him in their ranks, and it just so happens the club have been linked with one not so dissimilar in recent times.
The Lille star is back playing again now after starting the 2021/22 season with a knee injury.
Supposedly the club will make another play for him in the winter window, and the Palace result and performance certainly reinforces the need for him.
Wolves need Renato Sanches transfer in January
As well as a centre-back or two, Wolves need to facilitate a transfer for Sanches in January.
The 30-cap Portugal international would make the world of difference to the midfield.
Against Palace, Wolves were crying out for someone to get on the ball and drive the team up the pitch. There needed to be more energy in the middle of the park.
Sanches is someone that can bring that.