If any team had cause for complaint about the tight turnaround time between the start of the new season and the end of the previous one, it’s Wolves.

Their 2019/20 lasted well over a year, and they looked exhausted by the time their Europa League run came to an end against Sevilla in August.

Nuno Espirito Santo likes to operate with a small squad, but has lost Matt Doherty without yet replacing him and only got reinforcements within days of the new campaign.

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All that, and they weren’t even handed the delayed start Manchester City and Manchester United were afforded.

Those circumstances didn’t stop Wolves rampaging out of the blocks against Sheffield United last night, though.

Santo’s side were 2-0 to the good after six minutes at a ground which was notoriously difficult for visiting teams for last season.


Compare that to Tottenham’s abject display the day before, followed up by Jose Mourinho’s raft of excuses about a disrupted pre-season.

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Santo’s men took on the tricky circumstances like the top four contenders the club want to be.

Big clubs don’t make excuses about things beyond their control. They win matches – no matter how tricky – regardless move on.

Wolves continue to power on with their clear identity and tight squad, despite consistent expectation that fatigue will catch up eventually.

It was a mightily impressive start to what looks set to be another mightily impressive season for Wolves.

That said, a new right wing-back to free up Adama Traore wouldn’t go amiss.

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