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Wolves can still compete despite lack of deadline day activity

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

You can look at Wolves’ transfer window in a variety of ways.

It could be said that it was relatively quiet as only a sprinkle of well-recognised names and talent came through the door at Molineux.

Patrick Cutrone joined from AC Milan in a £16m deal along with Jesus Vallejo coming in on loan from Real Madrid – aside from that there wasn’t much else.

It can also be said that it was rather hectic in some ways as Leander Dendoncker‘s deal was made permanent but they also signed a cohort of young Portuguese prospects, something that is becoming somewhat of a tradition.

The club are competing in the Europa League for the first time in nearly 40 years after their impressive performances in the Premier League last term saw them finish seventh in the table.

However, one concern ahead of 2019/20 is the fact that Nuno Santo’s side will face additional games on top of their regular league and domestic cup fixtures. Therefore strength in depth is needed.

On the Chalkboard

The system that Nuno deploys was good enough to qualify for a European competition in their very first season back in the top-flight since 2012.

That is quite some feat even if it doesn’t appear to be the case.

A lot of things have changed since then – mainly in ownership, structure and personnel – the club may be mistaken for being a Primeira Liga side at times with their mass influx of Portuguese natives but it is still a historic club playing in the old gold shirt.

It’s not as if Nuno has rested on his laurels – he has solidified in key areas even if its in a small quantity.

Their defence last season was the joint-fourth best in the league, better than the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal who finished in the two positions above them.

Nuno has gone out and strengthened by adding Vallejo and his tactical wizardry has already been seen in the conversion of Adama Traore into a more than competent wing-back.

In attack, he’s made measures to lessen the reliance on his impressive forward pair Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez – between them they accounted for 46.8% of their total goals scored.

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The manager added Cutrone – who had a breakthrough year in 2017/18, scoring 18 goals in 46 appearances including a quartet of strikes in the Europa League. That’s some much-needed European experience.

The crux of the matter and what their season will whittle down to, is ultimately how they cope with the additional games. They have added some quality depth to increase their numbers so rotation shouldn’t be an issue bar any major injuries, which was one of their main concerns.

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