WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS CLUB HISTORY
Wolverhampton Wanderers was founded in 1877 and is seen as one of the founding clubs for the English football leagues back in 1888. The club enjoyed its greatest spell of succes during the 1950’s, finishing in top 3 on 7 occasions and winning 3 league titles. In recent years Wolverhampton has been moving between leagues, with multiple years in the Premier League,but also descending to the League One for one season. In 2016 the club was taken over by Chinese investors, who have the ambition to return to the Premier League.
The new owners are ambitious and have the desire to return to the Premier League sooner than later. The club would like you to ‘Sign high profile players’ while you are at the club. As a club in the Championship, that could prove to be difficult. But seeing they managed to sign some awesome Portugese wonderkids, everything seems to be possible at Wolverhampton Wanderers .
EXPECTATIONS & BUDGETS
The board at Wolverhampton will expect you to qualify for the promotion play-offs in the Championship. In the 2 cups you are expected to reach the 4th round in the FA Cup and 3rd round in the Carabao Cup. You can alter the expectations, which will increase your budgets. You can increase your transfer budget to 12.5M if you promise the board to win the title and reach the 6th round in the FA Cup and Quarter Final in the Carabao Cup. Setting this, will also increase your weekly wage budget from 500k to 650k.
Looking at the squad of Wolves, we can conclude 1 thing; they have one of the (and maybe even the) best squads in the Championship. You can tell Portugese super manager Jorge Mendes has something to tell at the club, as a total of 10 of his players are in the squad. He managed to place players like Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Willy Boly at the club. These are players that would not be misplaced at many clubs in the Premier League. The average age of the squad is 24, meaning you have a good mix of young and older players.
To conclude: with this squad you should be having no problems to reach the expectations of the board and you might even take a gamble by upping the stakes a bit. Tell the board you can fight for the title, they’ll love it..
The team has 2 team leaders: Danny Batth and Carl Ikeme, while Conor Coady is considered to be one of the most influential players in the squad. These 3 are very important for you as a manager. Keep them happy and you can influence the rest of the players more easily, instead of them turning against you during the season.
Social groups: There are 3 core social groups at Wolverhampton Wanderers. One of the groups is one that has most Portugese players in there. This could be something to look at in the future, as this could be turning against you. The group has no influential players or leaders and that makes it more difficult to manage. This group can turn against you if you don’t manage it well enough.
Looking at the squad at Wolverhampton Wanderers , your best pick would probably be a steady 4-2-1-3. If we look at the squad, three of your four star players fit perfectly in this formation.
In goal we would advice Carl Ikeme. He is one of the leading figures in the squad and that is important for a goalkeeper. Your defense will feature Matt Doherty as DR, Ruben Vinagre as an attacking left full-back, while Willy Boly and Roderick Miranda could be your heart of defense.
In the midfield we would advice two DM’s with Romain Saiiss as your Segundo Volante and Alfred N’Diaye as your ball-winning midfielder. Ruben Neves will feature as a lone MC, and he need to be playing as an Advanced Playmaker with enough options to move forward. Helder Costa will be your first pick as a right winger, Diogo Jota will feature on the left side. Ruben Neves will be your first pick as a DM and he should be featuring as a Deep Lying Playmaker.
Up front Leo Bonatini will probably be your first pick, although Diogo Jota could also be featuring as your striker. Good thing about Bonatini, is the fact he can play as a Complete Striker, an ideal role for a lone striker. That way he will both create chances for himself, but also for his teammates.
DIOGO JOTA – AML/ST – 20 YEARS
The 20-year-old Portugese was one of the surprise transfers last summer. He is on loan from Atletico Madrid and Wolves have a 15M optional fee after the first season. Jota is one of the wonderkids in Football Manager 2018 and he is one you should really keep around. We would advice you to complete a full transfer as soon as you can.
RUBEN NEVES – DM/MC – 20 YEARS
Ruben Neves has been one of the biggest wonderkids in recent editions of Football Manager and this year it will be no different. The young midfielder made his debut for FC Porto when he was 16, and he even was picked as a captain before he turned 18. People where well surprised that Neves opted for a contract at Wolves and did not choose clubs from the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A. Neves is one of those players you would like to build a team around.
The new owners have put in some cash into the club and its all up to you to spend it well. Your starting balance at Wolves is 14.6M and that is a very nice starting point. In the wage department you are left with 27k a week. That should be enough to get at least one new player in during the summer.