Shropshire Star

Team goals: Wolves must sort woeful scoring record

Although Premier League safety is now secured, Wolves have a glaring problem to correct.

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Scoring goals has been an issue plaguing Wolves for the last few years and it is a trend they need to buck. Even last season, when Wolves were fighting for European football under Bruno Lage and a late season collapse saw them finish 10th on 51 points, they only scored 38 Premier League goals. Only the three relegated sides scored less.

This season, during a relegation scrap, the figures do make for grim reading.

After 15 games, Wolves sat bottom of the league with 10 points and only eight goals to their name as they awaited Julen Lopetegui’s first game in charge.

In the following 15 games, Wolves managed to double the previously tally and score 16 goals – taking them to 24 goals over 30 games and sitting in 13th place on 31 points.

Now, as we await the final league game of the season with 37 played, Wolves still sit 13th, have 41 points and have scored just 31 goals.