If you look at the table, things don’t exactly look good for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Old Gold have lost both of their first matches under Bruno Lage and are yet to score a goal.
Heading into the summer, it became apparent that Wolves needed far more bodies in their first-team ranks.
This all came down to planning, something Nuno Santo claimed needed to be improved before he left for Tottenham.
However, that message doesn’t appear to have got through to the club’s ownership.
They are again staring at a situation where their squad is slim and they’re already paying the price. Lage said last week that the first-team group currently consisted of just 15 players due to injuries. Consequently, Wolves need more depth, and they need it quickly.
They have always been keen to strengthen options available to coaches in the academy but it’s time they put senior matters first.
One area where Wolves lack genuine rotation options is in the final third. Adama Traore and Trincao are the only viable choices on the flanks at the moment with Pedro Neto now ruled out until February.
The Portuguese attacker broke his knee cap towards the back end of last term, dealing the club a harsh blow considering he won their Player of the Season award for 2021/22.
With that in mind, signing another body would be a good idea. According to The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath, Wolves have joined the race to sign Ademola Lookman.
They are battling to sign the 23-year-old with Crystal Palace, but his parent club RB Leipzig are intent on a permanent deal for the winger.
Lookman has never really discovered true consistency but he showed in glimpses for Fulham last term that he’s got the quality necessary to thrive in the Premier League.
Hailed as a player with “unbelievable quality” by his former boss Scott Parker, he had a tendency to put in some electrifying displays at Craven Cottage.
In terms of those already at Molineux, only Neto managed more key passes and only Traore provided more dribbles. On that final piece of evidence, he’d be a top drawer replacement if the latter leaves.
Traore has been linked with a mega £40m move to Tottenham and given Wolves’ financial constraints, there’s every chance that proposal will be accepted by the hierarchy.
If that does go through, then Lage must do his best to lure Lookman to the Midlands in the final week of the window.
His dribbling and speed might not be on the same destructive level as the Spaniard’s but he’s still very dangerous.