Wolves journalist Liam Keen has given his take on what the expectations might be for the club heading into this season from the perspective of owners Fosun.
Wolves were certainly brought crashing down to earth last season when it came to their time in the Premier League. Having experienced the highs of back-to-back 7th-placed finishes in the division, they slumped back down to 13th, not helped by the loss of key man Raul Jimenez in November.
They are set for a change of direction though this summer with the appointment of Bruno Lage to replace Nuno Espirito Santo, but they’ll be doing so off the back of a rather tough season financially for the club as they took a big hit due to various restrictions.
“When it comes to Fosun – this is me speculating, of course – but for me, it does feel like they want to, with some of the financial constraints, get through this season and look towards next season as an opportunity to build forward.
“I do feel like this is just a real transition. And that’s not exciting for fans, I totally get it. But from their point of view as well, they’re not going to be short on supporters, they are going to fill Molineux every week. I just think that they need to get through this year, and they’re trying to.
“Perhaps, in hindsight, they should have tried to get through this year with Nuno at the helm and made the managerial change next year, maybe the timings would have been slightly better.”
TIF Thoughts on Liam Keen’s comments about Fosun and Wolves
Will Wolves finish in the top half this season?
If Keen is right and the owners of the club want to just sit back and use this season as one for setting the foundations going forward, then that seems like a reasonable path for them to take.
Because for the most part, those clubs that finish outside the European places and above the relegation zone are all pretty much the same – all they’ve done is earn the right to take the Premier League prize money and then go and play in the same division the following year.
So whilst the first year might not be as glamourous as the first season under Nuno, if they can just stay in the division and boost their finances, then they could use it as a stepping stone for trying to get back up the table.