Not Your Ordinary Pack Of @wolves
Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves have had one the best seasons for a promoted side in Premier League history. They have been one of the most exciting teams to watch for the neutral fans in this season's PL. So how did they achieve this? Money? Yes, they did spend money but so did Fulham. Without splashing cash on unwanted players, they spent money on promising players who fit into Nuno's system. With the manager's close relationship with super-agent Jorge Mendes, they brought in many upcoming talents from Portugal. With right investments and shrewd tactical leadership of Nuno, they finished 7th in the League and qualified for Europe next year. They got 16 points of a possible 36 vs the top 6.
Wolves lined up in a 3-5-2 formation in most of the matches but also changing to a 3-4-3 in some games. They were the best counterattacking team in the League statistically. Nuno, who played under the tutelage of Mourinho in Porto, also believes in absorbing pressure while having a deep block and braking at the right opportunities. For this ideology to work, all the 11 players must stay organised and work in tandem. The wingbacks drop back to form a 5-3-2-0 structure while defending. MFs Neves, Moutinho and Dendoncker are exemplary passers and have a very high work rate. They press the opponent to drive them wide and dispossess them. The two CFs Jiminez and Jota have a great understanding with each other. They press the opposing backline & their DMF to win possession and launch quick counters.
While deadly on the counter, Wolves also have a solid plan with the ball. They play quick one-touch passes, forming player triangles while moving forward. One of the CFs drops back to link-up while the other one makes a run. The wingbacks often beat the opposing fullback in 1v1 situations and send in crosses to the box. Skipper Coady is very good at distribution and often makes long passes to the fullbacks or to Jimenez who holds the ball and links up with Jota.
With a fairly young team and securing permanent deals for Jimenez, Johnny and Dendoncker they are looking at a promising season in Europe and the League next year.