That Wolves continue to improve, despite the potentially damaging high-profile departures of Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota, is in no small part to the influence of their manager Nuno Espírito Santo, and the extent to which he organises his players. If Nuno has proved capable of developing an impressive team with those who previously had so little experience of English football, he has also impressed in nurturing and polishing individual talents like Adama Traoré.
Once a player at Porto under the respected José Mourinho, Nuno not only built Wolves’ finest team of the modern era – he previously re-established Valencia among Spain’s leading teams after they had struggled in the years following Unai Emery’s departure, before taking Porto into the last 16 of the Champions League. “He has one of the best teams from a tactical point of view,” Mourinho once said of Nuno and Wolves. “That’s the way he wants to play and his team plays exactly the way he wants to play. His players are perfect for the puzzle. The characteristics and qualities are perfectly adapted to the ideas he has for his team. Really, really fantastic work he is doing.”