Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Bruno Lage has dropped an update on the club’s plans for the January transfer window.
In recent comments cited by the Express & Star, the 45-year-old revealed that he has already identified a number of potential targets for the upcoming winter market, as well as claiming that Jeff Shi is well aware of his demands in January.
When asked whether he has spoken to Shi regarding his transfer targets, Lage said: “Every day. When the transfer window closed we talked about it then and he knows what I want, but in the same way, I need to understand just not the sport, but also the financial things.
“But he knows what I want and it was good for me when he did that interview and he said ‘I’m happy because Bruno has a big ambition’. I’m here to try to do good things and continue the work they started four years ago.”
Considering the fact that there are a number of positions in the current Wolves squad that are lacking a considerable amount of depth, the news that Lage has already identified a selection of players he is hoping to bring to Molineux this winter is sure to have left fans of the club buzzing.
At present, the 45-year-old has just three fit central midfielders, in the form of Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker and Joao Moutinho – none of whom are exactly attack-minded players.
Indeed, between the trio’s 29 cumulative Premier League appearances so far this season, they have scored just one goal and registered one assist, something that has largely contributed to the fact Wolves have scored the joint fourth-lowest amount of goals in the league.
Meanwhile, Lage is also short of choice in the heart of his defence, with only Conor Coady, Willy Boly, Romain Saiss and Max Kilman currently being available for selection at centre-back.
And, with both Boly and Saiss likely to be unavailable for the vast majority of January as a result of their likely participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, centre-back is also an area in which it is essential that the club strengthen this winter.
As such, as long as these two areas of the pitch are where Lage has identified his January targets, Wolves’ impressive recent climb towards the top end of the Premier League table could well continue long after the turn of the year, something that everyone associated with the club would enjoy.