Wolverhampton Wanderers have been relatively slow in the transfer window this summer.
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo has sought to explain why the Molineux club has been relatively slow in the transfer market this summer, suggesting the numerous international competitions have meant delays in pursuing players (official website).
Last summer, Wolves comprehensively bolstered their ranks following their promotion to the Premier League as Championship winners and, in 2018-19, they went on to impress with a seventh-placed finish in the top flight table as well as a superb run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
This summer, however, there has been less transfer activity thus far, with the loan deals for Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker having been made permanent, plus some youngsters earmarked for the academy having arrived, which has begun to worry some Wanderers fans, as can be seen in some social media reaction to the club's posts.
Nuno has sought to allay such fears, suggesting the club is doing all it can to bring in high-calibre new recruits, but given how there have been numerous international competitions taking place around the globe, it has complicated things somewhat.
"We have to realise this season is different, there’s a lot of international competitions, there was a Copa America, Africa Cup (of Nations), Under-20s and Under-21s, so it was a lot of football and a lot of players involved in the competitions," Nuno told the official Wolves website. "In my view it delays everything.
"It’s hard, especially for us because we want quality over quantity. I hope we realise that and just go strong in the market, bringing the players we want to bring, but this season is different to all the seasons. At the moment we are working with 11 first team players... It's obvious we have to bring (players in), but there are a lot of things in consideration. We're only going to bring players that will add quality to the squad we have."
This coming season, Wolves will be competing on four fronts, with the Premier League, the League Cup and the FA Cup, plus the Europa League, which they qualified for having finished seventh in the table last term.
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