Premier League Fantasy Football Tips 2021/22 for Wolves by @CoysFPL.

In this team preview series, Dan previews all 20 Premier League teams ahead of the 2021/22 season. This includes season expectations, expected lineups, best player picks, under the radar gems, and players to avoid.

Find all our other Premier League 2021/22 Team Previews here which will be continually updated as the season draws closer!

 

Wolves 2020/21 Season Summary

Wolves faced their trickiest season since rejoining the Premier League three seasons ago. They finished 13th, a step back from their two previous seventh placed finishes.

They suffered a huge blow after only nine games, with talisman Raúl Jiménez sustaining a devastating skull fracture.

To say that destroyed their season isn’t particularly true. At the time of the Mexican’s injury, Wolves sat in mid table. Only three teams had scored fewer goals by this point.

After the loss of Jiménez, Wolves went on to win only a quarter of their 28 games. They scored more than only two teams with a bleak points total that only would have escaped the drop by four points.

Their away form in that period was particularly poor. Wolves only won twice out of 14 attempts, compared to seven in the previous time frame.

 

Wolves 2021/22 Season Expectations

I think we can put last season to bed due to a new manager, with a completely new philosophy, coming in. The talisman Jiménez is also back.

After the poor end to last season, hopes of a European spot looks very far away.

The new style of attacking football could take a while to adjust to. Wolves might not be as pragmatic against the top six sides but it should get the fans at Molineux off their seats at least.

I think a mid-table spot is realistic, and anything in the top half would be seen as a success.

 

Wolves Expected Lineup

 

Newcomer Jose Sa will replace transferred goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Nelson Semedo will be favoured to Ki-Jana Hoever at right back, with captain Conor Coady set to partner Willy Boly.

The left-back spot will be between Marcal and Rayan Ait-Nouri. However, it should be taken by the former given that Ait-Nouri’s pre-season has been focused as a left sided midfielder.

Ruben Neves and Leandro Dendoncker are likely to be preferred to veteran Joao Moutinho and academy graduate Morgan Gibbs White.

Pedro Neto will be one of the first players on the team sheet when fit, but is expected to miss the first few weeks of the season through injury.

Wolves have strength in depth there though, with Daniel Podence a strong back-up.

Ait-Nouri has also played there several times in pre season, although that’s due to the fact Neto and Podence are both struggling with their fitness.

Adama Traore is the most natural right sided winger, although there is potential for Neto to play there with Podence on the left.

Jiménez has returned after his horrific skull injury that kept him out for over half of last season. The 30-year-old should he be deemed fit enough from the start, and could partner exciting Barcelona loanee Francisco Trincão.

Fabio Silva is an alternative to Trincão, who is another player who can play on either flank.

 

Wolves Best Players

Raúl Jiménez

One of the main reasons behind Wolves’ two excellent campaigns. He registered a fantastic 47 goal involvements in those Premier League seasons, including 30 goals.

In the 2019/20 season, only three forwards registered more goal involvements or a higher goal involvement percentage for their respective teams. with Jiménez scoring or assisting 47% of Wolves’ goals.

The Mexican was the definition of a fox in the box. None of the 30 goals he scored in those two seasons came outside of the 18 yard box, so it’s crucial he gets service.

That season, only Mohammed Salah had more shots in the box, and three players had more than Jiménez’s 3.11 shots per game.

Out of the forwards, only one created more big chances per game, and none had a higher expected assist record per game.

The partnership between him and Trincão will be similar to that of his and Jota’s. The Liverpool winger roamed into wide areas and used his pace to exploit space in behind.

One pressing issue with Jiménez is that we don’t know how his injury will affect him. Of his 34 Premier League goals, nine were from headers.

Not only that, but one of his best traits was heading on the ball for pacey players around him to latch onto.

Jiménez was the definition of consistency in those two seasons where he was always available.

It was extremely rare that he’d get more than one return in a game. He will also continue his penalty duties and the pace of Traore, Trincão and Neto will be excellent for him.

 

Wolves Under the Radar Players

Francisco Trincão

The Portuguese winger joins on loan from Barcelona and should come straight into the starting 11 as a secondary striker to Jiménez.

He managed three goals and two assists in approximately 700 La Liga minutes last season. Only a certain Lionel Messi had a shot on target at a faster rate in the Barça squad.

Trincão also had the best shot accuracy in the whole squad. 52% of his 23 shots were on target so the sample size is promising.

Before his spell in Catalonia, Trincão was one of the Portuguese league’s standout players. He scored eight and assisted the same figure in his final season for Braga.

But that was at a rate of a goal involvement every 100 minutes. In comparison, Bruno Fernandes managed a goal involvement every 102 minutes in his final Liga Nos season.

Trincão will be provided plenty of service from Jiménez so he’s certainly one to monitor.

Nelson Semedo

Another Portuguese player who used to play for Barcelona. It took a while for Semedo to impress in the Premier League, but he began to show promise towards the end of the season.

This was shown by the official Fantasy game, where he only managed 2.3 points per game in the first half of the season, but 3.9 in the second.

New manager Bruno Lage is keen on getting his full backs forward. At Benfica, full backs Andre Almeida and Alex Grimaldo managed eight goals and 32 assists in 115 appearances between them under Lage.

Semedo scored once and notched three assists in the Premier League last season.

 

The Best Wolves FPL Players 2021/22

 

Wolves Players to Avoid

Pedro Neto

Will miss out the first few gameweeks through injury, but can be a good option upon his return.

Neto was involved in 42% of Wolves’ goals, had the second most big chances per game in the squad (0.20). He also made the most key passes by far (1.97) as well as creating the most big chances (0.29).

Only a handful of players in the league could beat those last two statistics, but Neto also loves a shot. During the middle of last season, he was encouraged to shoot more.

He gets a handful of set-pieces and is a very exciting player to watch.

Rayan Ait-Nouri

Ait-Nouri is unlikely to make the first team despite the Fantasy Football hype around his name. I think he’s a wait and see.

His budget price means he is very accessible. Yet going for him from the start could easily waste one of your transfers and leave you with few options to replace him.

 

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