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2019

Wolves can challenge for top six – Sinton

Andy Sinton believes Wolves could challenge for a top-six spot this season – after recalling the dark days when playing at Molineux in front of 3,400. The former Tottenham and England winger is now an ambassador for Championship club QPR, one of his old teams. But the 53-year-old, who made 82 appearances in gold and black from 1999-2002, retains a huge fondness for Wolves and reckons after last season’s seventh-placed finish, they can challenge the elite. “I see no reason why not. In my view the Premier League is split into three leagues, but they’re in the mini league that…

Coady insists Wolves focused on Europa run

Conor Coady insists Wolves are fully focused on progressing in the Europa League, despite the big kick-off in the Premier League looming next week. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will play Armenian side FC Pyunik away next Thursday as their reward for beating Northern Irish outfit Crusaders 6-1 on aggregate. Wolves face a gruelling 6,370-mile round trip for the third qualifying round first leg, just three days before they start their top-flight campaign with a trip to Leicester. But Coady insists they will not be distracted by the trip across the Midlands. “Our minds are on Armenia now, because we need…

Moore the merrier for Wolves youngsters Ennis and John

Wolves striker Niall Ennis admits the pull of playing for former Albion manager Darren Moore was a factor in him joining Doncaster. The 20-year-old striker has signed on a season-long loan for the League One club with fellow Molineux Academy graduate Cameron John. Wolverhampton-born Ennis, who was also wanted by League Two side Plymouth, says he jumped at the opportunity to join Rovers when he discovered the club was interested. Moore managed the Baggies first team in the Premier League and the Championship, as well as their Under-23s. Ennis said: “Hearing a manager like Darren Moore wants you in his…

Wolves U23s duo join Doncaster on season-long loans

Wolves prospects Niall Ennis and Cameron John will be playing League One football this season after joining Doncaster Rovers on season-long loans. Striker Ennis, 20, who made his Wolves debut in the FA Cup fourth round win against Shrewsbury Town in February, and 19-year-old centre back John will spend the 2019-20 season at the Keepmoat Stadium under new boss Darren Moore. Highly-rated Ennis, who was the club’s top scorer in the Under-23s last season, has also signed a new deal with his boyhood club, which will keep him at Molineux until the summer of 2022. John, who was an unused…

Wolves announce double signing from Lazio

Wolves have announced the double signing of Lazio prospects Pedro Neto and Bruno Jordao on long-term contracts for an undisclosed fee. The duo, who were together at Portuguese side Braga before spending the last two years on loan in Serie A, have penned five-year contracts until the summer of 2024 and are clients of Jorges Mendes, who has worked closely with Wolves on numerous transfers in the last three years. Neto and Jordao only joined Lazio this summer on a permanent basis for just under £24m after they were said to be set to sign for Benfica, until Wolves stepped…

Wolves ‘world class superstars’ gave us a masterclass – Baxter

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter admits Wolves’ ‘world class superstars’ gave his side a ‘masterclass’ in ball retention and movement. But Baxter joked he checked his passport when Crusaders stunned the Premier League side by taking a 14th-minute lead through Paul Heatley before Raul Jimenez (2), Ryan Bennett and Jordan Forsythe’s goal sealed a 4-1 win for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side and 6-1 on aggregate in the Europa League second qualifying round tie. “To see world superstars play the game the way they played it, Wolves gave us a masterclass in ball retention and movement,” said Baxter. “It’s never easy losing…

Nuno insists Wolves will be ready for 6,370-mile trip before Leicester

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves will be ready despite a 6,370-mile round trip to Armenia to play FC Pyunik next Thursday, three days before face Leicester in their Premier League opener. Thursday’s 4-1 win at Crusaders, which gave them a 6-1 aggregate win, set Wolves up for a trip to Yerevan, near the border with Iran, in the Europa League third qualifying round. It will come just 72 hours before the league curtain-raiser at Leicester on Sunday. “We have to prepare and recover well for the trip,” said head coach Nuno after his 100th game in charge of Wolves. “It…

Wolves Crus to victory in Belfast on historic night for Nuno and Raul

Crusaders 1 (Heatley 14) Wolves 4 (Jimenez 15, 45, Bennett 38, Forsythe own goal, 78). Raul Jimenez returned to Wolves’ starting line-up to fire them into the Europa League third qualifying round at the double as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side cruised to a 4-1 win at Crusaders. Wolves came from behind to win the tie in Belfast, as Paul Heatley opened the scoring, but Jimenez’s brace sandwiching Ryan Bennett’s header and an own goal from Jordan Forsythe gave the visitors a 6-1 aggregate victory. It set them up for a gruelling 6,370-mile round trip next Thursday against Armenian side FC…

Cutrone signing for Wolves uncovers AC Milan co-founder’s link to Bridgnorth

Patrick Cutrone might be the first Italian player to join Wolves, but his £20m signing has uncovered a link to a giant of his boyhood club AC Milan just 30 minutes from Molineux. Fifteen miles west of Wolverhampton, in the pretty Shropshire market town of Bridgnorth, Alfred Ormond Edwards is buried. His stone, surrounded by brambles which engulf other graves nearby, is in badly weathered state, the letters only just able to be made out. But if the stone is easily bypassed, its occupant bears the closest scrutiny (thanks to a link shared to us on Twitter by Mary Smith…

Vallejo: Real Madrid urged me to join ‘incredible’ Wolves

Jesus Vallejo has revealed Real Madrid urged him to join Wolves because of the ‘incredible job’ they did last season. The 22-year-old defender has swapped the Bernabeu for Molineux on a season-long loan, and, although he is ineligible for Thursday’s Europa League second qualifying round tie at Crusaders, he was at Molineux for the first leg and is relishing the prospect of playing in gold and black. “Real Madrid recommended me a lot to come here because Wolves did an incredible job last season, and I hope to do the same,” said Vallejo. “Last season was not easy, but we…