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3 Wolves players who would probably love Nuno Espirito Santo to return

Nuno Espirito Santo is being linked with a sensational return to Wolves.

Speculation is picking up that Wanderers may be tempted to make a play for their former manager, following the development that Julen Lopetegui has declined the job.

The Spaniard won’t be Bruno Lage’s successor, having decided to be with his family and his father who is unwell.

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Nuno has seemingly now become a genuine option for Wolves.

There is apparently no interest in Pedro Martins.

Sergio Conceicao and Ruben Amorim have big release clauses. And Bo Svensson has said he sees his future in Mainz.

There could be many twists and turns yet. But if it was to be Nuno coming back in, here are three Wolves players who would probably love it…

Joao Moutinho

Moutinho has struggled this season, and he also fell away towards the end of 2021/22 campaign.

The veteran midfielder was absolutely sensation though in his first couple of seasons at Molineux, and played the bulk of Wolves’ games under Nuno’s stewardship.

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In total, Moutinho has made 23 assists for Wolves. 21 of those 23 came in his first two seasons at the club when Nuno was getting the absolute best out of him.

Potentially, the 36-year-old would love to see Nuno come back. And Nuno would likely love to work with him again, having previously called him ‘a top professional’ (via Express & Star).

Perhaps Nuno would manage him a little better than Bruno Lage did, and give him more opportunities to rest up.

Adama Traore

Traore found minutes hard to come by under Lage.

It always felt as though he preferred more technical players over the Spain international, like Francisco Trincao last term, and Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto this season.

It has been a frustrating time for Traore since Nuno departed.

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He was absolutely superb in the 2019/20 season, and struck up a fantastic partnership with Raul Jimenez.

He was playing with real confidence back then, and Wolves could really do with that player making a return as soon as possible.

Nuno could well be the man to bring that version of Traore to the surface again.

Raul Jimenez

Jimenez is currently on the sidelines with a pesky pubalgia injury, and it’s not yet clear when he’ll return to action for Wolves.

But if Nuno did come back, then the Mexican is likely to be pleased about that.

Prior to when he fractured his skull, Jimenez was one of the best strikers in the Premier League. And Nuno’s impact on the player was a big reason for that.

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We never got to see Jimenez take to the field again under Nuno after his injury. One wonders how he might have got had Nuno never left.

Jimenez loved playing under him, and Nuno adored Jimenez too – the emotion as he spoke about the 31-year-old in the Code Red documentary was a clear indicator as to how much he cared about him.

Maybe, just maybe, Nuno returning might just be what it takes to get the Jimenez of old to finally come back.