Wolves earned some much-needed points and some gladly received confidence in front of goal last weekend.
Before the Old Gold’s clash with Watford, Bruno Lage’s side weren’t only pointless but had also failed to find the back of the net. An own goal ended their barren run before Hwang Hee-chan sealed all three points with a debut strike.
Lage’s men have played some eye-catching football this term without really reaping the rewards. However, with a swagger in their step and another promoted team to face, they could be in the goals again on Saturday.
They face Brentford in the lunchtime kickoff, and in an extremely rare set of events at Molineux, they will have a near fully-fit squad to choose from this weekend.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, their Portuguese coach said: “Nothing new, everything is OK. 18 players training hard every day to become better.”
Wolves have had to contend with some pretty difficult injuries over the last 12 months and indeed during the early parts of this season.
As the Premier League campaign kicked off, the Molineux outfit were without the services of Willy Boly and Yerson Mosquera, which made their options in the centre of defence extremely limited.
Boly also spent large parts of 2020/21 out injured but he wasn’t the only one. Raul Jimenez was out from November onwards while he recovered from a fractured skull, while Daniel Podence and Marcal also had multiple fitness issues.
However, all of those players are now back in what is a huge boost to Wolves’ chances this season, one which will no doubt delight their new manager.
Of course, they are still missing long-term absentees in Pedro Neto and Jonny, but considering the slim pickings available to the manager in the Midlands, it will be a welcome relief to have others back.
After all, Lage has already hinted at his squad being too small. The fact that he labelled how many players he had available to him on Friday afternoon said a lot, but this isn’t the first time he’s done so this term.
Speaking a few weeks ago, he revealed that just 15 senior players were in first-team training.
Wolves sent 20 players on loan over the summer so they can only have themselves to blame, especially after missing out on several targets late in the transfer window as well.
That said, a sense of positivity is beginning to engulf the club again now; they must capitalise on that this weekend.