Don Goodman casts doubt over Wolves' promotion chances

Wolves manager Nuno EspĂ­rito Santo looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on July 29, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are currently fourth in the Championship.

Don Goodman talks during day 1 of the Soccerex Global Convention at Manchester Central Convention Complex on September 4, 2017 in Manchester, England.Sky pundit Don Goodman

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Don Goodman has raised doubts about his old side's promotion credentials.

Wolves sit fourth in the Championship going into this weekend's game against Millwall, two points off an automatic promotion spot.

The Black Country club invested heavily during the summer transfer window, recruiting a manager (Nuno Espirito Santo) and 10 out of 12 senior players without prior experience of England's notoriously competitive second tier.

Nuno Espírito Santo manager of Wolves looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Wolverhampton at iPro Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Derby, England.Nuno Espírito Santo of Wolves

And according to Goodman, it could end up their downfall this season.

The 51-year-old, who spent four seasons at Wolves during the 1990s, told Sky Sports: "As for Wolves, I've also seen a couple of teams pass their way out of the league, like Bournemouth and Swansea, but you usually need a good mix.

"If you're going to get promoted you need to be able to win games when you don't play well, and to do that in the Championship you have to be able to fight and scrap. Are these young foreign lads going to be up for that on a cold night in February?

"The early acid test for them was the game against Cardiff, if they'd won that I would have sat up and taken real notice. But they lost and it was a little bit of a reality check for them, while it may also have provided a template to other teams.

"It's still been a good start for them, though, and there'll be more tests for them to pass around the corner."

Estoril's forward Leo Bonatini during the match between SL Benfica and Estoril Praia at Estadio da Luz on August 16, 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal.Leo Bonatini of Estoril

Summer signing Leo Bonatini has scored twice in his first five outings for Wolves, but is now his side's only specialist centre-forward after the sale of Nouha Dicko to Hull City last week, and any injury to him could also impact Wanderers' chances.

PSV Eindhoven's Jurgen Locadia, Watford's Stefano Okaka, Derby's Chris Martin and Chelsea's Loic Remy (now Las Palmas) were all considered by Wolves on transfer deadline day, according to the Express & Star.

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