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January 2020

Wolves boss Nuno wants some magic in the transfer market to light up Molineux

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo admits he wants to bring some magic to Molineux to break down stubborn defences like Newcastle. Nuno’s side laboured to a 1-1 draw against the injury-hit Magpies on Saturday when Raul Jimenez and Pedro Neto were denied by two fine saves by Martin Dubravka and Matt Doherty’s shot was cleared off the line. Wolves have gone four games without a win in all competitions and are without attacker Diogo Jota, who will undergo a further scan on his leg injury next week. The Portugal international definitely misses Wednesday’s FA Cup third round replay away to…

Bruce: Joelinton played ‘lame’ to prevent Newcastle going to 10 men against Wolves

Steve Bruce admitted Newcastle striker Joelinton played ‘lame’ to save the possibility of his team going down to 10 men in their 1-1 draw against Wolves at Molineux. Newcastle lost centre back Paul Dummett and striker Dwight Gayle to injury in the first 28 minutes, and although Joelinton suffered a groin injury, the £40m club record signing stayed on to prevent the Magpies having no further substitutes to use. He was eventually replaced by Andy Carroll with 11 minutes left. “We lost Dwight and Jo is basically lame, but he carried on,” said manager Bruce. “He should have come off…

Wolves boss Nuno praises Newcastle keeper but critical of finishing

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo praised Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka after his two saves helped earned the injury-hit Magpies a 1-1 draw – but was critical of his side’s finishing. Migul Almiron’s seventh-minute opener was cancelled out by Leander Dendoncker’s volley seven minutes later as Wolves’ winless run stretched to four games in all competitions against a team without nine players to injury who then lost another players during the first half – Paul Dummett and Dwight Gayle. Wolves went on to dominate and Dubravka denied Raul Jimenez and Pedro Neto from point-blank range in either half, while Matt Doherty’s…

Dominant Wolves fail to do enough to find a winner against Newcastle

Wolves 1 Newcastle 1. Wolves failed to do enough to break down a spirited Newcastle side as the home side’s winless run stretched to four games at rainswept Molineux. Miguel Almiron gave Steve Bruce’s side a seventh-minute lead to punish sloppy defending. Leander Dendoncker’s fourth goal of the season in all competitions equalised on 14, but despite a dominant last hour in which they controlled the game, Wolves didn’t do enough against limited opposition. Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and Matty Longstaff made goalline stops to deny Raul Jimenez and Matt Doherty a winner. But the overall feeling from the home…

Morgan Gibbs-White can come ‘strong’ for Wolves again – Nuno

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo believes Morgan Gibbs-White can have a ‘strong’ second half to the season after regaining fitness. The 19-year-old midfielder has missed the last 17 games with a painful back injury that has left the youngster sometimes taking one step forward and two back. Thankfully, the discomfort has now eased and he is back in contention for Saturday’s Premier League visit of Newcastle after last playing on October 24 away to Slovan Bratislava. “It’s been a while but he’s well. He’s not 100 per cent, but he’s well enough to be a part of the squad,” said…

Wolves will ‘never give up’ warns Nuno to Newcastle after late shows

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has told Saturday’s opponents Newcastle to be ready for another late show – though he would avoid it if possible! Late goals by Nuno’s side have seen them take five points from the Geordies in their last three meetings. Jonny snatched a point in a 1-1 draw in October, Willy Boly equalised at the death at Molineux last season and Matt Doherty grabbed a 90th-minute winner at St James’ Park in December 2018. It’s a habit they have under never-say-die Nuno. Wolves have scored more goals after 75 minutes than any other team in the…

Nuno: Wolves must get signings right after Cutrone and Vallejo disappointments

Nuno Espirito Santo has warned Wolves need to make the right signings this transfer window. The Wolves head coach has expressed his disappointment at two major summer signings, Patrick Cutrone and Jesus Vallejo, not working out. Striker Cutrone, 22, has returned to Italy to join Fiorentina on an 18-month loan with a view to a £15.3m permanent move, while centre back Vallejo, also 22, is set to see out the rest of his season-long loan elsewhere after failing to convince following his temporary move from Real Madrid. Neither player got the amount of game time they or Wolves were expecting…

Wolves have Neto-ed a real star in Pedro – he can go to the top, says Ruddy

Wolves prospect Pedro Neto has been told he is going right to the top of the game and will stay there. The 19-year-old forward looks set to win more game time with Diogo Jota ruled out of at least the next two games and Patrick Cutrone joining Fiorentina. Neto scored his first Premier League goal in the 2-1 defeat at Watford on New Year’s Day after being denied by VAR in the 1-0 loss at Liverpool. The Portuguese youngster has started the last three games and he seems certain to be knocking on the door again when Wolves host Newcastle…

Cutrone’s exit from Wolves to Fiorentina confirmed with Nuno’s reaction

Wolves have confirmed Patrick Cutrone’s exit to Fiorentina on an 18-month loan with a view to a permanent deal. There is a loan fee and an option for the Serie A club to buy the 22-year-old striker for around £15.3m, meaning Wolves will recoup their £16m outlay they paid AC Milan in July. The length of the loan is to allow Fiorentina to spread the cost of the package over a longer period. Cutrone has only started once in the last 15 games as he struggled to force his way into Nuno Espirito Santo’s starting XI, and the head coach…

Nuno: Jota’s absence heightens Wolves’ need to strengthen attack

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo admits Diogo Jota’s injury has stepped up the need to strengthen his attack this month. Patrick Cutrone’s transfer to Fiorentina is going through and Wolves have lost Jota, certainly for the next two games. Jota’s leg injury is due to be scanned again next week, meaning he will definitely miss Saturday’s visit of Newcastle and the FA Cup third round replay away to Manchester United on Wednesday. Asked if injuries can alter transfer plans, Nuno said: “Of course. We cannot avoid the circumstances that happen. “We have versatile players who can help us, but we…