Transfer news: Wolves enquire about Galatasaray defenderpublished at 08:05
Wolves have enquired about Galatasaray and Denmark centre-back Victor Nelsson, 23. (Mail), external
Wolves have enquired about Galatasaray and Denmark centre-back Victor Nelsson, 23. (Mail), external
Wolves are without a win in their last 10 Premier League matches (D3 L7), the longest ongoing run among the 20 current sides in the competition. Indeed, it’s Wolves’ longest winless league streak since March 2013 in the Championship (run of 12).
Newcastle United are unbeaten in their three Premier League games this season (W1 D2), last enjoying a four-match unbeaten start to a league season back in 2011-12 (first 11), going on to finish 5th.
Wolves have given two Portuguese players their Premier League debuts this season - Goncalo Guedes and Matheus Nunes – taking the total number of players from Portugal to play for Wolves in the competition to 19, eight more than any other club.
Since his first Premier League campaign in 2015-16, only Sergio Aguero (14) and Raheem Sterling (12) have scored more Premier League goals in August than Callum Wilson (11), with the Newcastle forward scoring in two of their three matches so far this season.
Mike Taylor, BBC Radio WM
On their biggest stage of the season so far, Wolves showed their fans and the world that they are indeed a highly accomplished footballing team.
Through the first half at Tottenham they took control in a delightfully smooth way, their superiority gradually made clear by Spurs’ growing distress, as if the home side were becoming lost in a thickening fog. But after the break, Spurs changed gear and Wolves, once again, couldn’t.
Bruno Lage talked a lot last Friday about the whole tactical nature of football being different after the rule change to allow five, rather than three, substitutes to be used.
He took trouble to point out that he had explained to all of his players that henceforth, being named as a substitute is of equal importance to making the starting eleven, and that no player can assume they will always start.
This rather pointed observation highlighted how important it is to Lage that he has a full card of options available. Since the opening-day defeat at Leeds, when he had no senior attacking substitutes to call on, Wolves have addressed that issue at some expense, adding Matheus Nunes and Goncalo Guedes, while Raul Jimenez and Joao Moutinho have regained fitness.
Alas, Saturday also showed us that it is not enough to have viable changes to make, as in the second half Lage did not hesitate; but when he asked Wolves for an acceleration to match Spurs, there was no response.
Jimenez, whose pre-season was interrupted by injury, should hopefully be sharper for his half-hour in London and goalscoring start against Preston on Tuesday.
But whether it is Jimenez – if restored to his form of the Europa League season – or somebody new, Wolves still need a finisher, and a focus for all their attractive build-up play. Perhaps Sasa Kalajdzic, the Austrian lighthouse playing for Stuttgart, will fit the bill.
Pedro Neto’s name has also appeared in the transfer gossip columns this week. A year or so ago a sale would have been unthinkable, even for the telephone-number prices being suggested. Now it would still be unwelcome but if it funded the cost of a top number nine, perhaps it would be a price worth accepting.
Wolves striker Raul Jimenez says he ready to start scoring again after the Mexican grabbed his first goal of the season in their 2-1 Carabao Cup victory over Preston.
The 31-year-old returned last season after a serious skull injury in 2020 and scored six times in 34 Premier League games.
"It is really good to be back and winning our first game in the cup so it is nice to be back and scoring again," he told Wolves TV.
"I am fit and ready to start scoring again and to help the team.
"We put some targets before we started that we want to achieve, we have started well and we want to go as far as we can."
Wolves' Portugal winger Pedro Neto, 22, is tempted to join Arsenal but a potential £50m move depends on whether the Gunners' Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, 27, completes a loan move to Nice. (Express), external
Tottenham remain interested in signing Adama Traore from Wolves, despite their failed pursuit of the Spain winger, 26, in January. (Express), external
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Bruno Lage is expecting more ins and outs at Wolves before the end of the transfer window.
He told BBC Radio WM: "I think some things will happen until the end of the market.
"I can see we are active in this moment so let’s see what can happen.
"We have maybe one or two players if they don’t feel they can have a chance to play here, maybe they have a chance to move.
"We will continue to find solutions in positions that we need."
Bruno Lage praised Raul Jimenez for his performance in Wolves' Carabao Cup win over Preston, but has urged the striker to be more selfish.
After his return from injury, Jimenez marked his first start of the season with a goal in the 2-1 win at Molineux.
Later in the fixture, the Mexican gave away penalty duties to Hwang Hee-Chan, who saw his spot-kick easily saved by by Preston keeper David Cornell.
Lage said: "I was so happy with Raul, the way he has been this season and in pre-season. We have missed him in the first three games.
"With him we have a reference up front. Raul took a decision to give the penalty to Hwang, it was a generous action and I understand but I don't agree. Raul should have taken the penalty.
"It was a good performance. When you come to these games, in the cup, they come with extra motivation and in the last five games, Preston have not conceded.
"To continue in the competition was the most important thing."
Matt Cooper, Talking Wolves, external
Wolves suffered their second defeat of the season at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur - but it could have been so different.
Wolves dominated large parts of the first half and managed to get into some really dangerous positions, but rarely threatened Hugo Lloris’ goal. It was a similar story in the opening two fixtures and is a continuing pattern for Bruno Lage’s goal-shy side.
It’s the final action that is killing Wolves - for all the wonderful passages of play and link up, the team look reluctant to take a chance and to pull the trigger.
It’s an encouraging sign, though, and Wolves look a far better side compared with the closing stages of last season. I do feel that once the first league win comes, the team will start to relax and play with more confidence. If the club manage to bring in another striker then that should go some way towards easing the goal woes.
To be able to dominate a Champions League side for a big part of the game is positive, so I am hoping the team can build on this and get their first league victory of the season against Newcastle United on Saturday.
It's another busy week of commentaries on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, with live coverage of games across the Premier League and Carabao Cup.
Tuesday, 23 August
Fleetwood v Everton (19:45)
Wednesday, 24 August
Tranmere v Newcastle (19:45, Sports Extra)
Saturday, 27 August
Liverpool v Bournemouth (15:00)
Arsenal v Fulham (17:30)
Sunday, 28 August
Aston Villa v West Ham (14:00)
Wolves v Newcastle (14:00, online only)
Nottingham Forest v Tottenham (16:30)
All times BST
Wolves have agreed personal terms with VfB Stuttgart's Austrian striker Sasa Kalajdzic, but negotiations between the two clubs remain ongoing for the 25-year-old as the Bundesliga side want a higher transfer fee. (Mail), external
Meanwhile, Arsenal are interested in signing Wolves' Portugal winger Pedro Neto, 22, as a replacement for Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, who has been linked with Leicester and Nice. (Times - subscription required), external
We asked for your views following Wolves' defeat away at Tottenham.
Here are some of your thoughts:
Steve: The lack of goals is so frustrating. It's looking like we’re relying on Jimenez to re-discover his goal touch. We’ve had over a year to sign a proven number nine. It's going to be a worrying season.
Phil: Thought we bossed the first half and were much the better side, with a decent striker I think we would have won the game but after a poor second half, Spurs were deserved winners in the end. How we have started the season with no striker is absolutely criminal. It's rank bad management of the club. Unless we get a proven goalscorer it will be a relegation battle.
Mark: A good performance at Spurs but, once again, nothing to show for the effort. Nunes and Guedes promising but obvious that we are still desperate for a striker that can make a real difference. Bruno wants time and patience - the fans want goals and wins!
Jon: A much better performance in the first half but the same old problem - pretty, pretty, pretty but no end product. I know lots of teams are looking for strikers but even with Jimenez back we need to bring at least one in.
Watch all the highlights from Saturday's six matches in the Premier League on BBC iPlayer here.
And if you missed Match of the Day 2 with Mark Chapman on Sunday, it's right here.
Wolves have rejected a £1m bid for centre-back Willy Boly from Nottingham Forest. (The Athletic - subscription required), external
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Steve Sutcliffe, BBC Sport
New season. Same problem. While Wolves finished 10th in the Premier League last term, they did so with a side that averaged just a goal a game and their shortcomings in attack appear to have spilled over into this campaign.
Bruno Lage’s team have failed to score in two of their three opening games and his big hope will be that record signing Matheus Nunes and fellow Portuguese new boy Goncalo Guedes can alleviate those concerns.
Both made promising enough first starts for the club, while Ruben Neves also kept Wolves ticking in midfield.
However, their neat and tidy football too often lacked any thrust in the final third of the pitch and until Raul Jimenez regains his match sharpness and first-team place it is difficult to see how that will drastically improve.
The confirmed Tottenham and Wolves team news is now in, with kick-off at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium less than an hour away.
Follow the action, plus the rest of Saturday's Premier League matches here
It's the third week of Chris Sutton predicting the Premier League results and he is hoping to earn his first win against Bad Boy Chiller Crew's GK after losses to Alistair Bruce-Ball and Serge Pizzorno.
Sutton's prediction: 3-1
I was a bit disappointed with Tottenham's performance against Chelsea last weekend.
Spurs showed good character to come back and get a draw, but that result was more to do with poor refereeing decisions and luck as far as I could see.
Wolves have signed Portugal forward Goncalo Guedes from Valencia to try to increase their goal threat, but he couldn't make much difference when he came on against Fulham last week.
Bruno Lage's side's biggest issue last year was they didn't score enough goals, despite having some very talented players.
Tottenham clearly don't have that problem. It will be interesting to see if Antonio Conte starts with Richarlison this time, but either way they will have too much firepower for Wolves to handle.
GK's prediction: 2-0
Find out how GK and Sutton think the rest of the weekend's fixtures will go and vote here
Tottenham's Cristian Romero, who played every minute of the first two games of the season, is ruled out with a muscle injury sustained against Chelsea.
Summer signing Clement Lenglet is fit again, while Oliver Skipp has resumed training following a pre-season injury.
Wolves could give a debut to record signing Matheus Nunes following his move from Sporting Lisbon.
Joao Moutinho returned to training this week and could make his first appearance of the season.
Who would you select to replace Romero?