3-4-3? The old W-M Formation? Billy Price looks at the most likely ways Wolves will line up this season.
With the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo, he brings with him a football background we have yet to experience at Wolves.
After two games friendly matches, it’s clear NES will be looking to play a transitional style as it often seen on the continent. By let’s look at how which formations he could exact game plan.
This is evidently one of the new manager’s favorites judging by the pre-season tour.
The use of wingbacks and three centre backs would really help to aid and recover the defensive struggles that Wolves had last season. The new additions of Miranda, Bennett and Willy Boly along with Batth and Hause show the strong depth in that position unlike previous years.
Wing back options have been bolstered with Douglas and Ofoso-Ayeh, with Doherty showing over the last two season his versatility on either flank.
The two holding midfielders in this lineup would be star signing Ruben Neves and Romain Saiss.
Having two very good playmakers in this position not only helps to supply the attack with plenty of service and further support for the defence as they do not tend to push forward too often.
Jack Price can also fit into to the same category of these two, as he has shown that with the right players around him he is a very consistent player.
A front 3 of Cavaleiro, Costa and Dicko would be the likely trio (when Costa returns from injury) with the wingers to flow between themselves and Dicko at the number nine spot.
A common feature throughout last season under both Lambert and Zenga, seeing the 4231 return would be no shock.
Reverting back to three central midfielders would see Dave Edwards gain his spot back behind the striker, scoring 10 goals last season from the position.
Enobakhare who had his fair share of impressive performances last season would suit as a great back up.
Holding midfielders would once again be Saiss and Neves, with Jack Price playing second fiddle despite a very promising start in pre-season.
The defence would most likely see Boly and Miranda as the best 2 options, with Batth, Bennett and Hause altering for fitness or in cup matches.
Graham and Zyro make for 2 very strong backups for Costa and Cavaleiro who will most likely feature in the majority of the games during the season.
Zyro could possibly feature at the striker position after he showed his versatility back in 2016 netting 2 past Fulham.
Dicko to start up front until Wolves invest in another striker to lead the line.
A formation that also featured a lot last season and it is similar to the 4231 but with variation.
With the attack and defence remaining the same as stated in the other two formations, the main focus would be the midfield.
A few players who are yet to be mentioned are the likes of Coady and Ronan who could most definitely feature in this line up.
It is unsure as of yet if the youngsters will get their chance to shine in the 2017/2018 season under new boss Nuno, but the young prospect Connor Ronan is yet to fail to do his part in any given chance previously.
The 443 allows for multiple variations, that could be more defensive or attacking, having rather an attacking midfielder, two defensive midfielders or a mixture of both.
Coady and Saiss are more tailored towards defence but players including Edwards and Neves have both good attacking and defensive talents.
It is set to be an exciting season with many signings already and still more to come.
Wolves look to push on back into the promise land with a mixture of old and new faces on the pitch and behind the scenes at the club.
Only time will tell to see what lies in the fate of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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