Bruno Lage has walked into the job at Wolves with a huge job on his hands.
It will not be an easy one either with limited finances threatening the future of some of the club’s best players.
The Gold Gold may well be forced to lose Adama Traore and Ruben Neves this summer with Fosun’s coffers tighter than normal.
Wolves spent significantly 12 months ago as they brought Fabio Silva to the Midlands in a club-record deal worth £35.6m.
Nuno Santo also landed two right-backs. One of them was Barcelona’s Nelson Semedo. He signed on the dotted line for an initial £27.6m but his form has been patchy to say the least.
The Portuguese was caught out on a regular basis, specifically against Everton and Arsenal where Lucas Digne and Nicolas Pepe ran rampant down his right-hand side.
However, Nuno also brought Ki-Jana Hoever to Molineux from Liverpool, a move that cost them £13.5m.
Since signing for the club, the 19-year-old has only started five Premier League outings.
Semedo ended up improving towards the back end of the campaign by scoring against Manchester United and winning six duels vs Everton but the decision to spend eight figures on Hoever has to be questioned.
Of course, the Dutchman possesses immense potential and Wolves like developing players for the future but his game time hasn’t warranted the price tag, especially after spending so much on Semedo.
Bizarrely, Lage is reportedly targeting another right-back this summer.
Once again Liverpool are involved and it’s a hefty fee once more for somebody who hasn’t played much senior football.
Goal.com report that Wolves are one of a number of teams contemplating a move for Neco Williams in the coming months.
The 20-year-old is currently enjoying the ongoing European Championships with Wales but his club side could use that as an opportunity to bump up his price ahead of a move.
Liverpool supposedly want £10m for his services but if Wolves pay that in a market where they’re already tied down by financial constraints, it would fail to make much sense.
The Old already have two right-sided full-backs and investing in a further player for that position would be strange.
Williams would be behind Semedo in the pecking order and it could subsequently make the £13.5m they spent on Hoever a year ago completely redundant.
Wolves’ recruitment over the last year has to be questioned and this would provide further evidence of their shoddy transfer policy.
Lage needs to focus on spending what minimal funds they have on improving other areas of the squad.