The Week in Wolverhampton
Weekly Wolves article by Gulraj Kular, check out his blog at Musings From Molineux
The world is a wonderful place when you’re a fan of an upwardly mobile football club. Wolves have entered the January transfer window perched beautifully atop the Championship table with a settled line, a number of depth options and a number of players who need a move in order to kick-start their career.
One of those players was Jack Price, someone who has only featured prominently in the Carabao Cup. A long-serving academy graduate, Price will be moving on to Major League Soccer and Colorado Rapids. It’s an exciting move for a player who had hit a bit of a brick wall with regards to what he could achieve in England. A neat, tidy passer of the ball, I actually thought Price might have been one of the survivors in the squad due to the way he suited Nuno Espirito Santo’s 3-4-3 formation, but he has decided to up sticks and forge himself a career elsewhere.
Another man potentially sitting in the departure lounge is another Jorge Mendes client, Roderick Miranda. Miranda started the season in the team with the likes of Kortney Hause and Willy Boly suffering from injury problems, but with the return of both to the fold and the resurgence of Ryan Bennett, he has fallen down the pecking order. What may come as a surprise to Wolves fans is Miranda’s status as a potential Portugal international and his position in the queue to get on to the plane to the World Cup in Russia. Portugal suffer from a death of top-quality centre backs, with their best – Bruno Alves, Pepe, Jose Fonte – all on the wrong side of 30. Miranda won’t be anywhere near the reckoning without regular football and a move to his native land may serve him well in his quest to make the squad.
On the subject of transfers, the ‘Ins’ have become a lot more exotic than the ‘Outs’ and we were once more linked with a stellar European name from the Jorge Mendes stable. Andre Silva joined AC Milan from Porto in the summer but a difficult first 6 months has led to his name being touted as the next on the Mendes conveyor belt of talent developing at Wolves. A £35m fee has apparently been offered to Milan for his services, but this feels like the media taking advantage of Milan’s precarious Financial Fair Play position and the connections currently at Molineux. It certainly strikes as a signing with the Premier League in mind though.
As for the on-pitch action, Wolves picked up a point away to Barnsley, which didn’t tell us too much about anything really. There were missed chances, close calls, disallowed goals and the defining factor of this team – it’s ability to control the opposition threat and keep it to a minimum. Wolves may not always look like winning, but they almost never look like losing a game. That will be a feature of the team going forward no doubt.