Questions which could do with answering after difficult run for Wolves

Wolves are currently at a crossroads and there are lots of questions which could do with answering.

Jeff Shi has not given an update to supporters in a while and answers, one way or another, are needed after a poor season so far (AMA)
Jeff Shi has not given an update to supporters in a while and answers, one way or another, are needed after a poor season so far (AMA)

Whether it is through words or actions, there are certainly issues which supporters would like to see addressed soon – and understandably so.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, again, are six games without a win in the Premier League, 12 matches without a clean sheet and have conceded first nine times in a row.

Of course, luck has finally caught up with them in terms of injuries and there have been some dubious refereeing decisions along the way which have not helped, but those are part and parcel of football.

Ultimately, they are whey they are – 10 points off the drop zone and looking over their shoulder – because mistakes have been made.

Chief among those is the summer recruitment.

Enough time has passed to evaluate the six players who were signed and, all in all, the squad was not improved well enough.

Investing primarily in youngsters, it now seems the focus was too much on the future rather than the present.

The departures of both Diogo Jota and Matt Doherty still sting.

Nelson Semedo has struggled to adjust and Fernando Marcal has mostly been on the sidelines while Ki-Jana Hoever and Vitinha have barely kicked a ball in anger.

Fabio Silva, to be fair, has done OK for an 18-year-old with a £35million price tag while Rayan-Ait Nouri has shown glimpses of real potential.

But why was there not more of an onus on recouping the 23 goals Jota and Doherty contributed last season?

Also, why was central defence not looked at more?

We all remember Nuno’s comments post-Sevilla about the team being the ‘same from the first season’, and at the back is definitely where that most applies.

It has been a difficult period for Nuno Espirito Santo (AMA)

In recent weeks, a lack of ruthlessness at both ends of the pitch has been the key factor, but it appears unlikely action will be taken in this January window.

Following the injury to star man Raul Jimenez, Nuno pointed out the need to ‘rebalance the squad’ with the addition of a striker.

Instead, Patrick Cutrone was recalled from his loan spell at Fiorentina and Morgan Gibbs-White brought back from Swansea, with the boss admitting those returns lessened the chances of a fresh face arriving.

Nuno reiterated last week: “Especially in this transfer window, if you have a chance to improve your own player, the value for the club is better.

“It’s realising this transfer window is not the best time to bring a player that you have a minimal doubt on him. This is how we think.”

In fairness, with the Brexit rules and the vast uncertainty brought about by Covid-19, it has been a quiet month across the whole of the top flight thus far – Wolves are not the only ones who have been quiet. Nevertheless, it does appear to represent a change in outlook.

Will Fosun push the boat out more this coming summer?

Or given the effects of the pandemic and the Uefa financial fair play rule breach last year, will they continue to look to break even as they did last summer?

It has been a while since fans have heard from chairman Jeff Shi on the club’s progress and maybe it is time for another update – having tended to speak after each transfer window recently.

There has been a lot of change towards the top of the club in recent years – most notably the departures of Laurie Dalrymple and Kevin Thelwell – and perhaps greater clarity could be offered on how they are operating, though Scott Sellars has just been made the technical director.

Communication with supporters has decreased, although it is probably in keeping with lots of other sides in the Premier League.

But this is, no doubt, the most challenging period Fosun have had during Nuno’s tenure.

And if there are not any answers coming quickly off the pitch, let’s hope they do their talking on it.

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