By Alex Fisher
Last Updated: 22nd July 2019
Wolves’ rise has been dramatic over the past two seasons and they must keep maintain that level of improvement if they are to stay on the same trajectory.
Nuno Espírito Santo’s side were the revelation of 2018/19 as they snatched a European place off Everton.
Home wins over Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal were particular highlights for Wolves, but their away form will need some work if they are to challenge for a top-six place again.
Strengthening an already impressive squad may seem difficult, but Nuno has to upgrade where he can to keep Wolves competitive.
And our markets show that is exactly what the Molineux hierarchy are trying to do, with Diego Costa currently 5/6 to move to Wolves.
Would Costa be the answer?
Raúl Jiménez and Diogo Jota lead the line well last season, scoring 22 league goals between them.
The need to provide them with more support is apparent when you see Matt Doherty as the third-highest scorer with four goals.
Costa would be a sensational addition. His Premier League experience, no-nonsense style of play and goal record are a step up from what Nuno currently has at his disposal.
Wolves are not the only club vying for his signature, though, with Everton and West Ham also reportedly in the frame. One positive for Wolves is that his agent is Jorge Mendes, a man who has considerable ties to Molineux.
Should a move for Costa not materialise, Wolves’ other options appear to be AC Milan’s André Silva or Ángel Correa from Atlético Madrid.
Tempted by Tarkowski?
While Wolves over-performed in 2018/19, their defence was far from convincing at times and resolving those issues is also key.
Burnley’s James Tarkowski has been widely touted for a move away from Turf Moor and Wolves’ name has been thrown in the frame.
It should be no surprise given Tarkowski’s pedigree. Last season he was a division leader in blocks (56) and made more tackles than any other Burnley player (71).
Tarkowski also completed 235 clearances and 138 headed clearances, stats only bettered by Brighton’s Shane Duffy.
Lazio defender Wallace could be alternative option. The 24-year-old is another Mendes client and could be available for as little as £6 million.
One thing is for certain, as Wolves’ ambitions grow, so too does the need to improve the standards within their squad. Watching who they target will be fascinating given their connections across Europe.