Wolverhampton Wanderers return to the Premier League with style after winning the Championship with relative ease last season. Head Coach Nuno Espirito Santo had an incredibly successful season with his 3 at the back formation and it is unlikely to change as Wolves head into the Premier League.
Here, we predict the starting eleven of Wolverhampton Wanderers for the 2018/19 Premier League season.
Goalkeeper – Rui Patricio
It's Rui Patricio's first day at Wolves 🐺
Press like if they've low-key pulled off the signing of the summer 😳 pic.twitter.com/P3Bpl6mL5Z
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) July 17, 2018
Rui Patricio moved to Wolves this summer following a decent the World Cup campaign with Portugal. The 30-year-old keeper, who’d previously spent his entire career with Sporting CP, signed a four-year deal at his new club. Patricio has earned 70 caps and won the Euro 16 with his country. The high-profile stopper is bound to take the no.1 role from John Ruddy.
Left Centre Back – Wily Boly
Since Wily Boly returned from injury, 8 games ago, Wolves are unbeaten and have conceded only 2 goals. Coincidence? I think not. pic.twitter.com/1k1EitBGVa
— Craig Spillard (@CSpillard) December 16, 2017
Following a fine first season at Wolves, Willy Boly made his move to the club a permanent one this summer. Boly was named 2018 PFA Championship Team of the Year as he helped Wolves keep 24 Championship clean sheets last season. The 27-year-old defender scored 3 goals during his 37 appearances in gold and black, as Wolves were promoted to the Premier League.
Centre Back – Conor Coady
— Wolves (@Wolves) July 14, 2018
Skipper Conor Coady was one of the most crucial figures at the back as his side kept the most Championship clean sheets on their way to the league title last season. The impact on the team has amplified every season he’s spent there and he was rewarded with a new contract last year. The 25-year-old secured 45 Championship starts, missing just one game for Wolves.
Right Centre Back – Ryan Bennett
Unbelievable to get promoted as champions!! Great scenes to get the medal everyone deserved yesterday for all he hard work that was put in throughout the season by everyone, 🥇 🥇 pic.twitter.com/znQhFugyb7
— Ryan Bennett (@ryanbennett_22) April 29, 2018
Ryan Bennett established himself as a rock at the back last season for Wolverhampton Wanderers, in what was his first season at the club. The defender played 29 Championship games and was a part of the best defence in the league.
Left Wing Back – Barry Douglas
— Barry Douglas (@barrydouglas03) June 21, 2018
Barry Douglas has established himself to be a sensational signing. The 28-year-old wing-back is a genuine threat from the flank. Last season he scored 5 goals and providing 15 assists in the Championship, delivering a triumphant first season in English football.
Right Wing-Back – Matt Doherty
— Wolves (@Wolves) September 26, 2017
Matt Doherty is the side’s longest-serving outfield player and has established himself as a key player since his arrival at Molineux in 2010. The 26-year-old was fundamental in their title-winning campaign last season. A menace from right-wing-back, the Ireland international contributed 4 goals and 4 assists last season.
Defensive Midfield – Ruben Neves
— Genuine Movement (@GenuineLimbs) July 22, 2018
Ruben Neves enjoyed an outstanding debut season for the Wolves, landing the Players’ Player of the Season award as the club won the title. The signing was a declaration of purpose and Neves didn’t disappoint. The midfielder scored 6 goals in his 42 appearances last season. The 21-year-old penned a brand new five-year contract at Molineux until 2023.
Centre Midfield – Joao Moutinho
REPORTS: Wolves could sign Joao Moutinho as soon as Monday.
Yes, you read that right.
Joao. Moutinho. pic.twitter.com/YbIMvLGm9g
— bet365 (@bet365) July 22, 2018
The Portuguese veteran Joao Moutinho was a key player in Portugal’s World Cup campaign this year. The 31-year-old midfielder is set to join the club after scoring 1 goal and creating 6 more in 33 matches for Ligue 1 side Monaco last season.
Left Wing – Diogo Jota
— Diogo Jota (@DiogoJota18) June 21, 2018
Diogo Jota will be Wolves’ key player in the Premier League next season. Last season he registered a whopping 17 goals and 5 assists in his 44 appearances for the club. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder, who can play both wide or centrally, has played for Portugal at Under-21 level.
Right Wing – Ivan Cavaleiro
— Ivan Cavaleiro (@Ivancavaleiro17) June 21, 2018
The attacking displays of Ivan Cavaleiro last season were a significant factor in his side’s promotion-winning campaign. The Portuguese winger scored 9 goals and provided a further 12 assists in his 42 games for the club last season, winning the PFA Player of the Month for November.
Striker – Raul Jiminez
Raul Jiminez – Take a bow son!pic.twitter.com/SthX6qJ8ty
— Nitwik Football (@NitwikFootball) October 12, 2015
Raul Jiminez joins the club after a tough World Cup campaign for Mexico this year. The 27-year-old striker was involved in 12 goals in just 6 starts for Benfica last season. An out and out striker, Jiminez will likely lead the line for Wolves for the majority of the season.