Nuno Santo was happy the day before he announced he was leaving Wolves. That’s the word of club legend Steve Bull who spoke exclusively to Football FanCast this week.
However, a rift behind the scenes has put the club as we know it in doubt. Nuno has departed the Midlands under a cloud of smoke following an argument over club finances.
It’s thought that Jeff Shi came to him with a plan to strengthen the club this summer but that involved selling their best players and working on finding cheaper replacements.
The Portuguese boss didn’t like it and consequently, he handed in his notice and headed for the departure lounge.
If the Spaniard stays at Molineux, he will be a pivotal player for any new manager coming in. One head coach linked with the vacancy is Paulo Fonseca.
Another manager to hail from Portugal, Fonseca is rather unsurprisingly a client of Jorge Mendes.
Though, he’s more than qualified for the job. He took Roma to the Europa League semi-finals this season and won the domestic league with Shakhtar Donestk in Ukraine in three consecutive seasons.
Fonseca has developed an attacking style of play, one that in his own words requires himself and the team to be “brave.”
The 48-year-old prefers an energetic and intense brand of football, one that sees the ball moved forward in double-quick time.
For someone like Traore, this would game-changing. The Spain international is one of the quickest players in the division and managed to record more successful dribbles than anyone else in the top-flight this term.
He is a radiant ball of fun, an unstoppable force who can create panic among even the very best defences in the Premier League.
His numbers, however, haven’t been impressive this term. Traore scored just two goals and thus, improvement is needed.
Fonseca could help the winger to finally discover some consistent end product. The work he did with the group of attackers at Shakhtar was eye-catching.
The coach had the pleasure of managing Brazilian trio Taison, Marlos and Junior Moraes in Donetsk. They all flourished under the guidance of Fonseca as he witnessed them score a combined 88 goals in three years.
Besides Raul Jimenez, this Wolves attack hasn’t registered the most vibrant of numbers in recent years.
The Mexican scored 27 last term but only managed 11 appearances this season due to a fractured skull.
Neto has proven himself to be an impressive performer this season but there is still a lot of potential to be extracted from Traore.
It never really felt like Nuno was able to get the best from him; perhaps Fonseca can change his fortunes.