Wool Window Runs have less than three weeks to recover from 383-day season as boss Nuno Espirto orders Santo to return to training on September 1
- The 2019-20 Marathon season finally ended on Tuesday with a defeat against Sevilla
- The loss of the Europa League quarter-final ended their hopes for European qualification
- Wolves will start their Premier League campaign on September 12
Nuno Espirito Santo has ordered Wolves to train on September 1 – meaning his exhausted stars will have less than three weeks off after a 383-day season.
The club’s 2019-20 marathon finally ended on Tuesday when they lost their 59th game – the Europa League quarter-final against Sevilla in Duisburg that ended their hopes for a major trophy and qualification for the Champions League.
With the Premier League only allowing a 30-day grace period between clubs’ last European game and their first competition, Wolves will have to start over on September 12 – even though most of their rivals closed their own seasons on July 26.
Wolf boss Nuno Espirito Santo has ordered his players back for training on September 1
While no specific instructions have been given to Wolves players to avoid certain countries during their 19-day vacation, they have been given detailed travel advice and urged to use common sense, with mandatory 14-day self-isolation rules for those returning. from many countries, and the quarantine restrictions for the coronavirus are constantly under review.
Wolves will not be involved in European football in 2020-21 after missing a Europa League spot on goal difference with Tottenham – but Nuno would like up to four new players to improve a side he believes needs fresh blood.
After the defeat in Seville, the Portuguese coach said: ‘We have to make good decisions to continue as everyone wants. We need players who can make us stronger, no doubt about that. ‘
Lucas Ocampos broke Wolves hearts when he secured Sevilla’s place in the Europa League semifinals
Nuno is aiming for a left center-back to potentially succeed Romain Saiss as first choice, an energetic central midfielder and a young center forward to lend support to Raul Jimenez. Wolves will also prioritize a left-back after Jonny sustained a serious knee injury against Olympiacos, leaving Ruben Vinagre the only senior player for that position.
Nuno will be in talks with Wolves executive chairman Jeff Shi in the coming days, where the club hopes they can finalize new contracts for Nuno and his staff. The 46-year-old’s current deal at Molineux will expire at the end of next season and he is admired across Europe, although Wolves is optimistic that he will return to the helm after three hugely impressive seasons.
There may be offers for top scorer Jimenez and flying winger Adama Traore, but both have three more years under contracts and neither has pushed to leave so far. Wolves would demand high fees for both, which will be beyond most clubs in the post-pandemic world.
The Argentinian attacker scored a wonderful lightning strike for Sevilla in the 88th minute
Wolves have been assessing domestic goals since the end of the campaign, while regularly watching Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes before shutting down. Still, history suggests that Wolves will always look closely at Portuguese clubs and players when strengthening the squad: eight members of their first team are from Portugal, while French defender Willy Boly was transferred from Porto.
Wolves, meanwhile, are believed to have made a £ 10 million windfall after Leeds and Fulham won promotion to the Premier League.
When Helder Costa was sold to Leeds and Ivan Cavaleiro to Fulham, clauses were included in the deals guaranteeing Wolves about £ 5 million per player per player if they helped their clubs escape the championship. Leeds became champions while Fulham promoted through the playoffs.
Wolves attacker Raul Jimenez got his penalty saved in the first half by Sevilla goalkeeper Bono