The World Cup is now a distant memory.
France have been crowned champions and Germany no longer always win.
It wasn’t coming home all along, and Belgium are actually quite good.
The World Cup was far better than anybody could have predicted.
It has renewed everyone’s love for international football especially in this country, where supporting England had become a painful symbol of underachievement.
All clubs will be looking to move swiftly on to their transfer targets with World Cup stars becoming hot property.
Wolves have been busy, and ruthless in the transfer market, especially with the marquee signing of Joao Moutinho from Monaco.
Wolves are ambitious and will not let sentiment get in the way with the likes of Barry Douglas, who gained the most assists in the Championship last year, being sold to Leeds United.
What ever we might think of that particular transfer this is a Wolves team moving forward hungry for quick success.
So, are there any diamonds in the rough that was the plethora of players in Russia?
Here’s three players Wolves could look at.
Benjamin Pavard – France/VfB Stuttgart – Defender
Pavard was never supposed to play in the World Cup 2018.
He was only called up to the French squad for the first time in November, and was not even supposed to be in the starting line up with Bernard Mendy, and Djibril Sidibe in the squad.
But with injuries to both and some wonderful performances, Pavard cemented his place in the side.
Just over a year ago he was playing for Stuttgart in the German second division and now he has a World Cup winners medal to his name.
He scored the goal of the tournament when the ball fell to him on the edge of the box against Argentina.
He was able to strike across the ball and hit the top corner scoring his first goal for France.
Naturally a centre half but can also play full-back he offers defensive stability shown in the final against one of the best wingers in the tournament in Perišić, and an attacking threat going forward.
Wolves have only Matt Doherty in their squad as a senior right wing-back, and Pavard would be an improvement on the Irishman.
He won’t come cheap however with his meteoric rise following the World Cup sure to interest some of the top clubs in Europe.
Hirving Lozano – Mexico/PSV – Forward
Lozano and his Mexican team mates were involved in one of the biggest upsets of the tournament in beating Germany 1-0 in their opening game of the tournament.
Mexico played with intensity and pace, quickly closing down the Germans and disrupting their play.
Lozano, following a series of good performances, made the BBC team of the tournament.
Last season he scored 17 goals in 29 games, in the Erevidise for PSV which has not always translated into goals for players in the Premier League but he is young and obviously has an eye for a goal.
His speed and his clinical finishing ability shown by the neat cut back for his goal against Germany could offer Wolves a key outlet, with very few out and out strikers in the Wolves squad.
He has a temper however, and has been likened to Louis Suarez in that regard, but if he can be half as good as the Uruguayan he would be a find for Wolves.
André Carrillo – Peru/Benfica (On loan to Al-Hilal) – Forward
Afobe was signed by Wolves and then loan/sold to Stoke. Why not again?
Yes. Carrillo has gone to Al-Hilal and was still with his parent club at time of writing. But, let’s just have a bit of fun, for transfer window sake.
It’s become a cliche under Fosun that Wolves are looking to the Portuguese league to sign players and Andre Carrillo could be a useful option from Benfica.
He has Premier League experience with Watford, and although he didn’t set the league on fire, we saw glimpses of the neat footwork, willing running and technical ability that characterises his play.
Peru were the country that everyone loved at the World Cup with thousands of Peruvians arriving in Russia to watch their team, bring a carnival atmosphere with them.
Carrillo scored a wonderful goal against Australia for Peru when a floated cross found it’s way to him at the back post, and he volleyed the ball first time into the bottom corner of the net.
He is skillfull, quick and can play in multiple positions in a front three.
Wolves could do worse that signing the Peru International who would come relatively cheap from Benfica.
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