League: Premier League
Transfer Budget: £56,848,000
First up, you’ll receive an invitation to take part in a pre-season tournament. You’ll have three to choose from, and here’s an example of what you might be offered.
Wolves Board Expectations and Objectives
Youth Development: Sign 1 player with potential over 75 to your youth squad. Increase their overall by at least 10 points.
Brand Exposure: Within 3 seasons, increase season ticket holders with at least 10% of the stadiums capacity.
Domestic Success: Premier League – Finish Mid Table
The Emirates FA Cup – Reach the Round of 16 Stage.
Continental Success: N/A
Key Players to Keep
We’ve identified six key players in the Wolves squad. Starting at the back, Rui Patricio is your best option between the sticks and Jonny is a key member of your defence. In midfield, Dendoncker and Moutinho add steel while Ruben Neves is capable of scoring fantastic goals. Jota will be a key part of your attack for the first few seasons.
Given their recent investment in the squad, the Wolves team is actually pretty strong for a newly promoted side. The likes of Willy Boly, Raul Jimenez, Ivan Cavaleiro, Matt Doherty and Conor Coady add quality to the team. You’ve also go Helder Costa, Romain Saiss, Ryan Bennett and a reasonable backup goalkeeper in John Ruddy.
Players to Ditch
Ed Francis, Pedro Goncalves, Sadou Diallo, Cameron John and Oskar Buur Rasmussen all have growth potential but won’t really hit the heights you’ll be aiming for. Either sell them off early to free up squad spaces or loan them out for a few seasons to increase their value. Paulo Alves, Will Norris, Maximillan Kilman and Harry Beasley can also be added to this list.
Morgan Gibbs-White (67-86) has to be the first name on this list. Don’t ruin his stats by rushing his development and he’ll be in your first XI within a few seasons. Adama (74-82) is already a first team player for Wolves but still has some growing to do to fulfill his potential. Ruben Vinagre (68-83) is another player that has the potential to grow above the 80 mark. Austin Samuels (54-77), Andreas Sondergaard (54-77), John Kitolano (62-77), Ryan Giles (58-75), Elliott Watt (54-75) and Niall Ennis (58-75) are all young players with decent growth potential if you give them time.
Players on Loan
Four names that aren’t likely to be needed: Phil Ofosu-Ayeh, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Michal Zyro, Leo Bonatini. Sell them once they return from loan.
Connor Johnson, Jordan Graham and Donovan Wilson aren’t gamechangers but offer a little more than the previous names. Assuming you have big plans for Wolves, you’ll be fine to sell these guys.
There are however three players out on loan that you should keep an eye on. Kortney Hause (77 potential), Bright Enobakhare (81 potential) and Rafa Mir (82 potential). There’s no rush to recall them, see how they develop over the first season and they might make it into your plans for the second season.
Areas to Improve
Defence is certainly an area that can be improved. Given that you have ready made wing backs, you can stick with three centre backs but we’d recommend bringing in someone with a higher rating.
At the other end of the pitch, finding an attacker or striker that is above 80 overall would be a big boost. If most of your budget has gone by the time you get around to this, check out our list of underrated strikers. There’s bound to be a few names on there you won’t have thought of, but they can definitely bring something to this Wolves team.
Realistic Transfer Targets
Wolves have been linked with a lot of forwards recently, including Jean-Kevin Augustin, Keita Balde, Nicolas Pepe, Charlie Austin, Radamel Falcao and Benik Afobe. Other players linked with moves to the Molineux include Trincão, João Félix and Marcos Rojo.