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Nuno: ‘Wolves will continue to build brick by brick’

Nuno Espirito Santo insists he shares Fosun’s aim of competing with the best – but Wolves will continue building ‘brick by brick’.

Wolves spent around £70m on strengthening their squad last summer before turning Jonny’s loan into an £18m permanent move in January, while they will smash their transfer record when the £32m capture of Raul Jimenez goes through on July 1.

More signings are expected this summer as the Chinese owners continue to back the head coach with the funds to try to turn Wolves into a team that can can challenge for a top-six place in the Premier League and beyond.

Nuno stressed the process must be gradual because of where Wolves have come from – and they will continue with the ‘base’ of players who were with them in the Championship last season.
“The owners have high targets, they want to compete against the best,” said the head coach. “But it is a growing process. We share the same ideas.
“Day by day is when you build things. How do you build a house? Brick by brick. Isn’t it.
“If you want a house of 100 floors, you start with the foundations.
“We are in the second year of working together – I don’t know what floor that is.”

The Portuguese believes a quick-fix or any plastering over the crack could send the Wolves ‘house’ crashing down.

There’s no such way, it doesn’t work out that way, I don’t believe so anyway,” added Nuno.
“It’s a day by day plan. You don’t know what happens tomorrow.”

Nuno believes the foundations were laid with the players that came in or were already here and have stayed since he was appointed in June 2017.

It’s about maintaining that base. Seventy to 75 per cent of the squad is the same that was in the Championship,” he said. “Nothing’s going to change that aspect. We have to adapt but it’s nothing to do with more games.
“The players that have come here have truly improved the team, not only this season but the year before. These are the foundations we believe in.
“Every player who comes in must bring something, a new brick to the house.
“The ownership has been very supportive, along with the scouting, the city, the fans; the foundation is the bond we have together.”

Wolves go into tonight’s visit of Arsenal in 10th place, their lowest since December 9, but they are only two points off seventh-placed Watford.

They have achieved their position despite having only 16 outfield players. Nuno is non-committal as to whether the size of the squad will increase if they achieve Europa League football.
“It’s not obligatory for us to have a bigger squad next season, we will go to the end with 16 outfield players, after that nobody knows,” he said.
Ruben Vinagre was recently linked with Barcelona and Liverpool and Nuno is unconcerned about where players might be in the future. He stressed the only important fact is they are at Molineux now.
“We don’t know, if someone knocks on your door, then we have to decide,” he said.
“The players are here now. The team is the engine of the club, to come better is to see what the squad needs. All the players who’ve come have brought something to us.”