The seven questions Jeff Shi and Fosun must answer after Wolves flop on deadline day – Alex Dicken
Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters want answers after the deadline day debacle that occurred earlier this week.
As the last day of the summer transfer window approached, Bruno Lage wanted at least two new players to strengthen his ranks.
The head coach was disappointed, however, as Wolves missed three targets to end the day empty-handed.
The deals for Lille midfielder Renato Sanches, Marseille utility Boubacar Kamara and Cardiff City striker Kieffer Moore did not come through, while Morgan Gibbs-White was loaned out to leave Lage with an even bigger squad. small.
Fan frustration has been directed at chairman Jeff Shi – who heads the club’s transfer team – and the Fosun owners after another window in which Wolves failed to excel in the market.
There are a lot of questions fans need answered …
Why was Bruno Lage not supported in the market?
It’s clear to everyone that Lage didn’t get what he wanted. Just 48 hours before the window closed, Lage reiterated his desire for Wolves to recruit more players – they never arrived.
Lage shouldn’t make too much of a fuss at this point after patiently waiting for his chance to manage in the Premier League, but he has every right to be frustrated at being short-sold by his bosses.
In response to a question about the chances of Wolves joining their squad during his pre-Manchester United press conference, it was evident that Lage’s confidence was waning.
“I’m confident in the way we work – the way we work and the way we play – I’m confident about it,” he said.
The Wolves hierarchy have asked Lage to transform the team’s playstyle and develop the club’s youngsters, which he already does. The owners should have held their end of the bargain and given it a team capable of achieving “something special”.
READ: What the future holds for Adama after Wolves reject deadline offer
READ: The Wolves transfer Bruno Lage is banking on – and why it turns Fosun on
How have Wolves still failed to solve their two biggest problems in the transfer market?
A defender and midfielder, everyone who regularly watches Wolves has been able to spot what is needed.
Lage knew this and so did the recruiting team because the head coach had provided them with detailed profiles to find the players he wanted.
Lage is only reaffirming what his predecessor Nuno Espirito Santo knew, which is why Wolves have looked at defenders and midfielders over the past five transfer windows.
Yerson Mosquera could be the long-term answer at the back, but Wolves still rely on the same three midfielders they were in 2018. A two-man combination of Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker did not always worked up to this point.
Wolves were linked with defenders throughout the window and made a few offers as well, but why did it take until the penultimate day for something to be done for Sanches?
He was clearly the midfielder Wolves needed and surely a deal could have been made before his knee injury even happened.
Have Wolves reached a ceiling using almost exclusively Jorge Mendes?
Mendes ‘involvement in Wolves’ summer affairs will never be known to the public, but three of the five newcomers are Gestifute clients.
Jose Sa, Rayan Ait-Nouri, and Francisco Trincao are in Mendes’ books, while Mosquera and Hwang Hee-chan are not directly related to Gestifute.
Sanches is a man from Mendes, although Lage has reportedly pushed Wolves to open negotiations with Lille over the 24-year-old.
Shi insisted that wolves don’t depend too much on his “good friend” Mendes, another window passed where the club barely looked away from Gestifute’s annual catalog.
How does FFP affect the club’s transfer activity?
A small part of the supporters came up to the owner’s defense and cited financial fair play as the reason for Lage’s lack of support.
On the #AskWolves series in May, Shi admitted that wolves have “hurdles to overcome” with FFP due to the loss of income caused by the pandemic.
Wolves ended the summer transfer window with a small profit of around £ 6million.
For the most part, the FFP is about Shi who claims to have been created by the business of the previous transfer windows. While there have been plenty of deals that have paid off, spending over £ 50million on Patrick Cutrone and Fabio Silva has not, no matter how talented the latter may be.
The chances of Shi sitting down and explaining the big picture are slim, but if FFP is going to excuse a lack of investment in the playing team, it just seems like fans have a better idea of the ins and outs of. a complex subject.
Is it possible to progress on the ground and to benefit from it?
The Wolves in the Window profit was a rarity in the Premier League, but it was not a rarity for Fosun. Aside from 2018, Wolves owners have been pretty strict on the transfer market so the team hasn’t made much progress.
Fosun is all about making money, but is it possible to do so and be successful in the Premier League?
While Wolves focused on low-risk transactions, others spent money and passed them. Aston Villa, for example, spent over £ 200million in the summer 2019 and 2020 windows combined and finished above Wolves in 2021.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for a club the size of Wolves, which does not have the income of a so-called ‘Big Six’ club, to monetize transfers and progress on the pitch.
READ: Reasons Wolves didn’t sign anyone on transfer deadline day
READ: Clement Grenier and other Wolves free agents could sign to help Lage
You told fans to “trust” Fosun in the window. What has been done recently to gain this trust?
Fosun has done a lot of good things for the wolves and, just as important, the city of Wolverhampton. Great confidence has built over the past five years and Shi called on fans to keep that confidence going ahead of the summer window after a disappointing 2020/21 season.
Fans weren’t expecting Fosun to break the bank, but they expected a lot more ambition to be shown in the transfer market.
Of course, the results are all going well, but Wolves haven’t shown much ambition in the transfer market since the summer of 2018. The starting XI has improved dramatically that year as ‘it hasn’t been since.
When Diogo Jota joined Liverpool, Nuno – the then head coach – insisted Wolves were not a stepping stone. But how can Neves and Adama Traore’s players hope to achieve their lofty long-term goals at Wolves now?
The Molineux redevelopment also seems off the agenda for the foreseeable future, despite the club’s overflowing membership waiting list.
Shi has expressed his wish that Wolves increase Molineux’s capacity to 50,000 once the club are comfortable in the Premier League. The club have been more than comfortable in the top flight for three years, but these big plans for Molineux are a pipe dream at the moment.
READ: Wolves could receive a heavy blow from Raul Jimenez after FIFA intervention
READ: Fosun Wolves’ ‘abysmal’ transfer plan ditched Bruno Lage
Why do you charge for a top six product when you haven’t been able to deliver it in the field?
Wolves’ cheapest season pass costs more than Manchester United’s and the club are fifth on the list of teams that charge fans the most to watch Premier League football.
Prices were increased in May, with the cheapest season ticket for an adult costing £ 549 and the most expensive – a seat in the upper Billy Wright – costing £ 733.
After being forced to dig deeper into their pockets, fans expected Wolves to act like a club that charges over £ 700 for a season pass in the transfer market.
Let us know your thoughts on the Wolves and Fosun transfer window in the comments section below …