Cottagers Confidential: You lost Bakary Sako to the Premier League and of course Richard Stearman ended up with Fulham. How big of a loss were those two players and who was brought in to replace them? Are there any other new additions we should be familiar with?
Wolves Blog: Sako was a huge loss but his departure was always on the cards after failing to get promoted. We've attempted to replace him with two young wingers - Sheyi Ojo on loan from Liverpool and Nathan Byrne signed from Swindon. Neither have yet to do anything of note. The Stearman sale was sensational news simply because nobody saw it coming. He was an integral part of our team, so for the club to sell to a rival was bizarre, particularly with such a dearth of experience in our back four. I think our best players are those we had already, which says much about our summer recruitment.
CC: Wolves finished just barely out of the playoff places last year. Did that give the fans a lot of hope for this year? Where do you expect to finish this season?
WB: We should have made the top six last season. The team we finished the campaign with was capable of automatic promotion, but Afobe didn't come in until January and Dicko was in and out with injury during the first half of the season, which cost us. There was an expectancy that we'd get in the play-offs (at least) this season, but with Sako gone and Dicko sidelined for the season with injury, in addition to our modest outlay on replacements, it's looking tough for us to expect more than a midtable slog.
CC: Tuesday is a quick turn around for the club since you just played Saturday. Plus, the game is on the road. Do you expect a lot of squad rotation or mostly a first choice lineup?
WB: I think one of our major problems is that we have 18 or so players of very similar ability, so the manager doesn't know who to pick most of the time and is constantly changing the team trying to find a winning formula. I think we'll see a similar XI to that which scraped a draw against Preston at the weekend and unless that group up their game, I think we're in for a long evening at Craven Cottage and expect a defeat.
I'll go for 2-0 Fulham and hope to be proven emphatically wrong.