Wolves’ dream end of January XI

Wolves will have their sights firmly set on promotion to the Premier League this season and, as with every club, will view this January window as a huge opportunity to add to their squad to maximise their chances of success in the second half of the campaign.

As Benik Afobe has moved on the pastures new, the Midlands club will need to invest sensibly to make sure they are not left with another campaign in the tedious mid-table of the Championship.

Fans of the club will be hoping that another season in the Championship would allow them to fully build up for a charge at automatic promotion next season, but the squad currently looks thread bare compared to many of the other competing sides.

Quality is needed throughout and this window could be an ideal time to snatch some bargains from around Europe.

Here is the ideal Wolves XI for the end of this window…

Emiliano Martinez

RSC Anderlecht v Arsenal - UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday Three Group D

Considering some of his more embarrassing performances, Martinez seems like he may have found his level at Wolves and consistency in defence is always crucial to helping a side succeed.

An upgrade might be required with promotion, but Wolves can cross that bridge when they come to it.

Dominic Iorfa

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Reading - Sky Bet Football League Championship

This youngster has made the right-back berth his own and is likely to begin attracting interest from some of the country’s bigger clubs.

As with any starlet who performs in the Championship, the biggest challenge will be making sure they keep his feet on the ground.

Danny Batth

Cardiff City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Sky Bet Football League Championship

Batth has proved himself as one of the most reliable centre-backs in the second tier and will need to make sure he has a solid second half of the season if Wolves are to push on for promotion.

Papy Djilobodji

A bit of a left-field selection, but both Chelsea and the player himself will be looking to get him some minutes in the second half of the campaign and a move to the Championship would be a good opportunity to adapt to English football.

His experience from France would definitely add something to the squad.

Scott Golbourne

Blackpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Sky Bet Football League Championship

Golbourne has amassed a great deal of experience across the Football League and the full-back currently holds one of the best pass completion rates.

Golbourne is a reliable defender and useful when overlapping down the left hand side.

Josh Vela

Charlton Athletic v Bolton Wanderers - Sky Bet Football League Championship

It will take quite a bid to take this starlet out of the grasps of Bolton, but Vela clearly has a hugely bright future in the game.

Its a matter of time before Vela makes the step up to the top flight and it would be quite a coup if Wolves could intercept him before he made the move.

Kevin McDonald

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Reading - Sky Bet Football League Championship

Connor Coady might think himself unlucky to miss out in this XI, but we thought the experience of McDonald would be necessary alongside Vela in the centre of the park.

McDonald has popped up with three goals already this season and will need to add to that in the second half of the campaign.

Jordan Graham

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest - Sky Bet Football League Championship

The young winger has been the leading chance creator for Wolves so far this season, with 5 assists registered in the first half of the campaign.

Graham currently holds the highest WhoScored rating in the whole of the Wolves squad.

James Henry

Fulham v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Sky Bet Football League Championship

Henry has contributed 5 goals and 4 assists so far this season and there aren’t many wingers who have been more integral to how their side have played.

If the 26-year-old can keep up his contribution in the second half of the season it could be a career changing campaign for the winger.

Callum Mcmanaman

Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion - Barclays Premier League

It looks as though Mcmanaman will be on his way out of the Hawthorns this window and the ex-Wigan midfielder would be a great addition to any Championship side.

His direct dribbling and feisty approach makes him a great fit for a Championship club and he would certainly provide goals and assists at this level.

Patrick Bamford

Patrick Bamford

After an ill-fated loan spell at Crystal Palace, Bamford is probably looking back to the Championship for the sort of form that saw him catch the eye of so many last season.

Wolves, having lost Afobe, would be an ideal place for Bamford to rejuvenate his season and prove he can still do it.