Premier League restart preview No 20: Wolves

17 June 2020 10:59
After a hectic fixture schedule Wolves will be glad of the break to refresh the squad and challenge for European qualificationWhat was the situation like when the league was suspended on 13 March? With a relatively small squad, Wolves were widely expected to struggle this season as they combined domestic duties with a Europa League campaign, so Nuno Espírito Santo deserves immense praise for leading them to sixth in the table – higher than last season’s seventh-place finish – while advancing to the last 16 of the Europa League, where they will resume with a home leg against Olympiakos after drawing the first 1-1. The effect of good coaching, on top of individual quality, is clear from the versatility that the team have regularly shown, especially when adapting earlier in the season to injuries to key players such as Matt Doherty, Willy Boly and Diogo Jota. The belief that invigorates the squad was apparent in their last away match before the lockdown, as they twice came from behind to win 3-2 at Tottenham. What is the situation like now? As well as Wolves have done to sustain high-class performances in spite of an onerous workload, a period of enforced rest is likely to have benefitted a team whose 47 competitive matches this season amount to more than any other team in the league. The squad is fully fit. Related: Rúben Neves: 'It’s good to have back the sensations of football' | Paul Doyle Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian