Wolves have enjoyed a decent transfer window on the face of it.
It hasn’t been as good as, say, Everton’s or Tottenham Hotspur’s, but it’s certainly been much better than probably half the teams in the Premier League.
Seven new faces came in during the extended international window, with goalkeeper Matija Sarkic already heading out to Shrewsbury Town on loan.
With the dust now settled, Fabio Silva, Fernando Marcal, Vitinha, Nelson Semedo, Ki-Jana Hoever and Rayan Ait-Nouri will all be vying to establish themselves as the club’s best addition.
Big money – over £70 million to be a bit more precise – was shelled out on Silva and Semedo in particular, and expectations will perhaps be greater on the Portuguese pair as a result.
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In total, using figures reported by BBC Sport, Wolves spent about £88 million on their incomings (Vitinha’s reported option to buy not included).
It’s hard to say right now who Wolves’ best purchase is, but what is easier to suggest is that none of the newbies are as important as the recent contract extensions that have been agreed for Raul Jimenez, Conor Coady and Nuno Espirito Santo.
The importance of Wolves’ contract business cannot be overstated
Ok, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota have departed, but a combined £60 million for the pair is not bad compensation.
After two fine seasons in the Premier League, Wolves might well have been saying goodbye to the likes of Jimenez, Coady and Nuno, but the club have done superbly to tie them all down, with Adama Traore reportedly next in line for a new deal (Sky Sport).
Jimenez, although not at his best against West Ham or Fulham, is top class with a fantastic all-round striker’s game. Coady is a highly capable Premier League defender who is a quality leader. Traore is a nightmarish prospect for defenders on his day as we all know, and Nuno is the man that makes it all tick.
These four individuals are crucial to Wolves and to have them all tied down is fantastic news and lays the foundations.