Despite Wolves being on an upward trajectory on the whole, recent news emerging from the club suggests that there could be bleak times ahead.
Just this week it was announced that sporting director Kevin Thelwell was leaving for pastures new as he’s swapping the pristine sights of Wolverhampton for New York City before the end of the month.
And now the club are bracing themselves for record-breaking bids for Adama Traore this summer as his performances for the old gold have caught the eye of top clubs according to the Telegraph.
The 24-year-old has been a key part of Nuno Santo’s squad this campaign, scoring five goals and providing ten assists in all competitions.
Currently, the west Midlands outfit have no immediate replacement in mind with chairman Jeff Shi likely to pick up the pieces for the time being. As he holds responsibilities for a vast array of jobs at Molineux, it would be fair to suggest that the sporting director role may take a small hit as he tries to juggle everything.
Losing out on Traore is also going to have a huge impact on their fortunes as he’s one of the few squad members that are quite frankly irreplaceable – no player has his speed attributes or dribbling ability as seen by him breaking a Premier League record on New Year’s Day.
There was also reported interest in Raul Jimenez over the January transfer window from Manchester United and Arsenal (AS via The Sun), so as Wolves increase in stature, so will attraction in their star players – the very individuals Thelwell helped bring to the club.
And now with no obvious replacement for the job, combined with an increased chance that a European heavyweight snatching the integral members of the squad, Wolves’ immediate future is a worrying prospect.
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