Your Wolves morning digest on Wednesday, January 25.
Matheus Cunha explains why Wolves fixture break has arrived at perfect time for Julen Lopetegui
Matheus Cunha believes the two-week gap without a Premier League fixture has arrived at the perfect time for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Wolves aren’t in FA Cup action at the weekend after being knocked out of the competition by Liverpool in a replay last week. Julen Lopetegui will now have two weeks on the training ground to prepare his team for their Premier League match with Liverpool on February 4.
It will give Lopetegui the chance to further bed Cunha and Wolves’ other new signings into his way of thinking. “It’s perfect, it will be very important for us to understand the mentality of the coach,” said Cunha.
Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher agree on Wolves relegation prediction
Jamie Carragher believes Wolverhampton Wanderers have enough quality to remain in the Premier League – and fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville agrees with him.
Wolves are currently 17th in the Premier League after 20 rounds of fixtures. Julen Lopetegui inherited a side bottom of the Premier League with just two wins in 15 matches, but he has masterminded two victories in his first five games to boost the club’s chances of survival.
A match against out-of-form Liverpool is next up for Wolves before a huge double-header with relegation rivals Southampton and Bournemouth. Ex-Liverpool defender Carragher believes Wolves – who have signed Matheus Cunha, Mario Lemina, Pablo Sarabia and Craig Dawson this month – will have enough to escape relegation.
Wolves fixtures compared to Everton, Leeds United and Co as relegation battle intensifies
Julen Lopetegui has given Wolverhampton Wanderers’ season the kiss of life it desperately needed.
The new boss has overseen two victories from his first five Premier League matches in charge, including the last-gasp win at Everton on Boxing Day which ended Wolves’ wait for an away win. Wolves are off the foot of the Premier League table and now have two weeks to bed in their new signings before taking on Liverpool on February 4.
Lopetegui has been backed by the club’s owners Fosun this month to bring in four new faces in Matheus Cunha, Mario Lemina, Pablo Sarabia and Craig Dawson. More new signings could follow before the transfer window shuts on Tuesday, January 31.
Ruud van Nistelrooy confirms Wolves in talks to complete striker transfer
PSV Eindhoven are closing in on the loan signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers prodigy Fabio Silva.
Silva arrived in the Netherlands over the weekend to complete his move after spending the first half of this season on loan at Anderlecht. PSV are still negotiating with Anderlecht to take up Silva’s loan for the second half of the campaign.
PSV manager Ruud van Nistelrooy expects Silva to be available for their game against Go Ahead Eagles on Saturday. “PSV, Wolverhampton and Anderlecht are busy completing the transfer. I think that will work and that he can be in the selection on Saturday. Emmen is still too early.” Van Nistelrooy is quoted as saying by De Telegraaf.
Wolves starlet makes ‘rough’ Man City transfer admission after signing new deal
Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Joe Hodge has talked about the difficulties he endured while at Manchester City that led to his transfer to Molineux two years ago.
The 20-year-old broke into the first-team this season under caretaker manager Steve Davis and has continued to play a role under new boss Julen Lopetegui. He has impressed enough to earn a new contract, which has been extended until 2027.
But Hodge had to endure his fair share of struggle and strife before getting to this point in his career. While at City he suffered a serious leg injury and a stress fracture in his back.
Wolves set to complete fifth January signing as exit sanctioned
Bristol City goalkeeper Dan Bentley is set to undergo a Wolves medical on Wednesday, it is reported.
Wolves are closing in on their fifth January signing after Bristol are claimed to have accepted an offer for their stopper. The 29-year-old entered the final months of his deal with the Robins, and had become second choice for boss Nigel Pearson.
According to journalist John Percy, Bentley will arrive at Sir Jack Hayward training ground on Wednesday to complete a medical. Meanwhile, Matija Sarkic is set to join Championship side Stoke City on loan for the rest of the season, after it was claimed he was free to leave the club this month.
Joao Gomes posts cryptic message amid Wolves transfer link
Wolverhampton Wanderers-linked Joao Gomes has posted a cryptic message on social media, as speculation surrounding his future intensifies.
The Flamengo midfielder has been the subject of transfer interest this month. Gomes was seemingly on the verge of completing a move to Wolves last week, but Lyon offered a better financial package to the Brazilian side.
Gomes’ future remains uncertain with Wolves keen on landing the player, and Lyon trying to convince him to have a change of heart. Wolves are claimed to have offered €17million (£15m) for the 21-year-old, which Flamengo were willing to accept before Lyon’s move.