Birmingham Live have revealed that despite the summer potentially being a busy one for Wolves, Nuno Santo is aiming to keep his squad on the small side going into next season.
The Portuguese manager seemingly has desires to keep his team as close-knit as possible ahead of what could be a gruelling second campaign in the top flight.
Nuno’s side finished the Premier League season in an incredible seventh place after being promoted, beating a number of top six sides en route. Remarkably, they took 16 points from those above them in the table. As such, it’s probably understandable he wants to keep the squad together.
However, despite that, the report does claim that Wolves will target improvement in both midfield and defence so their chequebooks could be at the ready ahead of the transfer window opening.
With this in mind, Football FanCast’s writers have given their verdicts on whether Nuno is right or wrong to keep a small crop of players next term. Here’s what they’ve had to say.
“Wolverhampton Wanderers have come up from the Sky Bet Championship this season and done what no other newly-promoted side has in recent times, threaten to break into the top six. The Molineux club are surely about to enter the upper echelons and to juggle competitions like the UEFA Europa League with the Premier League, a large squad is needed. So in my opinion, Nuno Espirito Santo is wrong to think that Wolves can maintain a slim squad over the summer with few additions. They need to invest and grow the size of their team.”
“I think Nuno knows best and Wolves fans should trust his judgement this summer. The club have plenty of exciting talents residing within the youth ranks who could make the step up next season. A solid summer of pre-season training with the senior squad will do wonders for the best young players, but Jorge Mendes needs a trick up his sleeve to ensure the squad is well prepared for next season. Nuno has been incredibly lucky with a lack of major injury problems this season but his luck cannot last forever and two or three key recruits should be on the agenda with that in mind. A fine balance between internal promotion and new signings needs to be struck in the transfer window.”
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“Nuno has been lucky that all of his star players have stayed fit this season, although that will almost certainly change with Europa League football set to arrive at Molineux next term. It is a competition that saw Burnley languish in the relegation zone and struggle to get going in the campaign just gone, and it can have a severely detrimental effect unless you pad out your squad in order to cope. Nuno must bite the bullet and get the chequebook out.”