Wolves were linked with Sven Botman in the lead up to the January transfer window.
Ultimately, many fans have been left disappointed, with the club not making any significant additions.
The club brought in Hayao Kawabe, Chiquinho and Jung Sang-bin. But Kawabe and Jung have already gone to Grasshoppers on loan, and Chiquinho is a young player who could take time to become a regular.
It is likely that Wolves didn’t move for anyone because there is confidence in the current squad.
Wolves are doing well, and there are players to come back from injury.
Lage did not shy away from saying he wanted a new centre-back. But the manager will now have to wait until the summer to get his wish.
And it will be interesting to see if the club make a summer move on Botman, who made some ominous comments about his future last night.
The Lille star ended up staying put after all the speculation about him. But it looks as though he is eyeing an exit at the end of 2021/22.
He told Ziggo Sport (quoted by The Sun): “I’m fine at Lille for the time being.
“I assume that I will take a good step in my career next summer.”
But Wolves potentially have work to do if they are going to land the Dutchman, whom they were linked with last summer.
He spoke about having very concrete talks with Newcastle and AC Milan this month. And he also described Newcastle as ‘a very nice project’.
Wolves could land long-term Willy Boly replacement with Botman, but a move will be difficult
Wolves should be encouraged by these comments from Botman.
It definitely sounds as though he is eyeing a move away from the club, having been heavily linked with an exit in January.
But it does appear that Newcastle have caught his eye. There were many reports he actually did want to join the Magpies (Telegraph). But the two clubs couldn’t agree a fee.
Wolves should look to get involved in the summer. Especially if Newcastle are relegated as Botman surely wouldn’t join them then.
There were reports last month that Wolves were ready to listen to offers for Willy Boly.
He has really struggled with his fitness this season. But Wolves have shown they are fine without him.
Perhaps Botman could make for a great long-term replacement for the Ivory Coast international.