The foundations of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ recent Premier League endeavours are seeing a significant shift after multiple changes following a lacklustre season.
Most notably, Bruno Lage has replaced revered manager Nuno Espirito Santo, who left his post after four wonderful years that saw a surging run from the depths of the second division and a joyous return to European football during the 19/20 season.
Additionally, with less than one month until the Wanderers commence their campaign away to Leicester City, three-player acquisitions have already been concluded as the club prepares for a new era.
And with the departure of the veteran goalkeeper Rui Patricio and the potential outgoings of a robust midfield core in Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves, it is certain that the Molineux will host a reformed side as the club look to reinvigorate after a testing period.
A familiar face who has rejoined this summer is Rayan Ait-Nouri, who has joined Wolves on a permanent basis for £10million after a promising loan spell last term, and further signings will only further strengthen Lage’s team.
It is no secret that Wolves entertain a philosophy that breeds a wealth of Portuguese talent, and Francisco Trincao is the latest player from the Mediterranean country to grace the midlands with typical flair and guile.
Signed from Barcelona on an initial loan deal with the option for a permanent transfer at the end of the season, Trincao enjoyed a fruitful, yet brief, spell in Catalonia last season, making 42 appearances and registering three goals and a further two assists.
The 20-year-old brings elegance and agility and possesses the potential to develop into one of Europe’s leading wingers; plying his trade in the Premier League surrounded by his compatriots might just allow him to unlock such ability.
Due to Barcelona's irrefutable financial difficulties, the option to complete the deal on a permanent basis for £25million at the seasons culmination has been presented to the Wanderers and should he display his potential it is likely the club will exercise the option.
Jose Sa arrives in Wolverhampton from Greek giants Olympiakos with aspirations of emulating the success of the beloved Patricio between the sticks.
Having signed on a five-year deal, Sa brings a commanding presence in the box with great distribution – critical for Lage’s attack-minded system when starting swift offensive movements.
Along with his personal attributes, Sa brings a winning mentality having won two league titles during his three-year stay in Pireas, Greece.
At 28 years of age, Sa can certainly stake his claim for the clubs number one position in goal for years to come and boasts the skillset worthy of doing so.
Despite having limited professional experience in his budding career, Columbian centre back Yerson Mosquera has attracted plaudits for his immense potential at the heart of his team’s defence.
Having already trained with the national team, Mosquera only made his debut last year but has quickly exhibited his talent by becoming an integral part of the Atletico Nacional backline.
Signing for £4.5million, the player has an assured presence and has demonstrated an innate technical ability that can be effectively honed in the Premier League.
Reportedly, both prominent Manchester sides have expressed interest in the 20-year old, but Lage showed a personal interest in bringing the talented player to Wolverhampton and was ultimately successful with his efforts.