Wolves moved quickly in the transfer market to make the loan deals permanent for last season’s top goalscorer Raul Jimenez and Belgian Leander Dendoncker. Who else is in Nuno’s dream team?
Nuno Espirito Santo will surely want to bring in some reinforcements to strengthen his squad which looks light in certain areas. Defence is an area that is likely to see some arrivals, although both Dendoncker and Romain Saiss can fill in at centre back if needed.
How will Wolves look on FIFA 20? Find out below.
Rui Patricio (OVR 83 – 83)
Portuguese international Rui Patricio enjoyed an excellent first season in the Premier League as he played a major part in Wolves’ European push. It will be difficult for Wolves to top last season’s achievements but they have a top quality goalkeeper in Patricio who is a solid last form of defence. The 31-year-old will keep his 83 overall on FIFA 20.
Matt Doherty (OVR 77 – 79)
Country: Republic of Ireland
Wolves wing back Matt Doherty was one of the surprises of the season and earned himself a Team of the Season (TOTS) card on FIFA 19. Doherty was an ever-present in the Wolves team in 2018/19 and contributed four goals and seven assists in the Premier League. The Irish international will see an upgrade on FIFA 20 with an overall of 79.
Ryan Bennett (OVR 71 – 75)
Ryan Bennett began FIFA 19 with an overall of 71 and was seen as the weak link in the Wolves backline, however the 29-year-old proved a solid fixture in the Wolves starting XI and helped them to a seventh place. Bennett will see a big increase to his overall on FIFA 20, although he could battle for a place if Wolves bring in another centre back.
Conor Coady (OVR 73 – 77)
Ex-Liverpool defender Conor Coady has shown himself to be a reliable defender in the Premier League. Coady has been touted for an England call-up after his impressive displays but will be focused on helping Wolves on their European adventure. The Wolves captain is another player in for a big improvement on FIFA 20 reaching 77 overall.
Willy Boly (OVR 76 – 79)
French colossus Willy Boly registered four goals last season as he was part of Wolves’ solid back three that featured in almost every game. An injury to one of the back three could devastate Wolves while they have little defensive cover. Boly will also see a boost to his OVR on FIFA 20 reaching 79.
Jonny (OVR 79 – 79)
An unsung hero in Ajax’s team, experienced Danish midfielder Lasse Schone registered seven goals and eight assists during Ajax’s successful campaign. The Dane is an integral part of the midfield but will need a new partner after Frenkie de Jong’s departure. Schone will receive a boost to 78 OVR on FIFA 20.
Leander Dendoncker (OVR 78 – 79)
Position: CDM, CB, CM
Wolves moved quickly to secure Leander Dendoncker on a permanent deal following his successful loan spell from Anderlecht. The Belgian is a crucial member of the Wolves squad with his versatility easing the pressure on Wolves’ lack of strength in depth. Dendoncker will improve slightly on FIFA 20 with his overall reaching 79.
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Ruben Neves (OVR 80 – 82)
One of the few teenagers to have captained a side in the Champions League, it is hard to believe Ruben Neves is still just 22 years old. The Portuguese star has adapted to life in the Premier League quickly and shown his quality alongside compatriot Joao Moutinho. Neves’ overall will reach 82 on FIFA 20 as he continues his rise to the top.
Joao Moutinho (OVR 81 – 83)
Classy central midfielder Joao Moutinho assisted eight goals for his team mates last season as he played in each Premier League game during his first season in England. Moutinho appears to be getting better with age and will begin FIFA 20 with an overall of 83.
Raul Jimenez (OVR 78 – 81)
Another player who featured in each Premier League match, Mexican striker Raul Jimenez scored 13 league goals and added eight assists. Jimenez also scored four goals in the FA Cup prompting Wolves to make his loan deal permanent this summer. The Mexican forward will receive an upgrade on FIFA 20 with his overall potentially reaching 81.
Diogo Jota (OVR 78 – 80)
Position: ST, LW
Wolves switch from playing wingers to a midfield three worked wonders for Diogo Jota as he formed a deadly partnership with Raul Jimenez. Jota did not score in his first 13 Premier League games, however ended the season with nine goals including a superb hat-trick against Leicester. Jota will be another player receiving a boost to his OVR reaching 80 on FIFA 20.
On the Bench
John Ruddy (OVR 72 – 71) and Will Norris (OVR 66 – 66) will remain the backup to Rui Patricio in goal at Molineux. Youngsters Harry Burgoyne and Jack Ruddy are likely to be sent out on loan to gain valuable first team experience unless anything changes within the top three.
Returning Brazilian centre back Roderick Miranda (OVR 71 – 70) is the only recognised centre back on the bench for Wolves. The 28-year-old was on loan at Olympiacos last season and will expect an arrival or two in the coming weeks. Jesus Vallejo (OVR 77-77) will definitely start as the season progresses.
20-year-old left back Ruben Vinagre (OVR 66 – 70) showed signs he can play in the Premier League last season and should keep his place in the squad. Unproven wing backs Sylvain Deslandes and Phil Ofusu-Ayeh may head for the exit door if another right back is signed.
In central midfield, Moroccan powerhouse Romain Saiss (OVR 74 – 77) can provide cover in defence and midfield. English teenager Morgan Gibbs-White (OVR 64 – 68) is another player who showed promise last season and he will push for more game time this year.
The athletic Adama (OVR 75 – 74) is the only wide player with Premier League experience following the departures of Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro on loan to the Championship. Meritan Shabani (OVR 62 – 65) The Bayern youngster is more likely to get more playing time at Wolves. Bruno Jordao (OVR 60 – 60) yet another young Portuguese young star to play under Nuno Espirito Santo.
Mexican striker Raul Jimenez is supported by Leo Bonatini (OVR 73 – 72) and Rafa Mir (OVR 67 – 71) in the central attacking roles. Neither striker is proven in the Premier League so it will be interesting to see if Wolves bring in anyone else to bolster the attacking ranks. £16 million on Patrick Cutrone (OVR 77 – 78) will push for a starting place throughout the season.
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