With Bakary Sako making his inevitable exit a search for his replacement seemed to be the priority.
But a failed attempt to sign Leicester’s Chris Wood (for a third time) was the start of a dry summer of transfer activity for Kenny Jackett who has only added to his squad in central midfield – an area Wolves were over subscribed in last season.
Now with Kevin McDonald at odds with the club over a new contract, the bizarre twist that James Henry may leave for Charlton and Tomasz Kuszczak heading down the A4123 to Birmingham City, somehow Wolves find themselves in the position of having a weaker squad for the forthcoming term than the one that just missed out on the playoffs in May.
Should the fans be surprised? No. Why? Because we’ve been here many times before.
So Cry Wolf presents to you the typical Wolves transfer cycle.
“We won’t be rushed into making signings.”
– The classic procrastination tactic. Usually said just as everyone from the club is heading off on their summer holidays or when they’re shaking off a New Year hangover.
“We won’t be held to ransom on transfer fees.”
– Wolves have never been one to pay over the odds on a player (well, except by £4m for Roger Johnson) but this phrase is rolled out when a club refuses Wolves’ open bid of a fiver for their star player.
“We’ll wait until the loan window opens.”
– A bid of five quid is turned down throughout the transfer window so the prospect of getting a player for a few months for free gets the club a little excited.
“We’ll only sign players that add quality to the squad.”
– Translation: “We’re stuck with what we’ve got, so like it or lump it until the next transfer window.”
….and the cycle begins again.
BY ADAM THOMPSON