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Bruno Lage Blames Wolves Departure On Club's Transfer Failings

Bruno Lage Blames Wolves Departure On Club's Transfer Failings
By Gary Connaughton
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Having previously been one of the most consistent sides in the Premier League over the last few years, Wolves have found the going rather tough in the division since the start of this season.

They currently sit in 19th place in the table, winning only two of their 13 games up to this point. Scoring goals has been the big problem for the side, managing only six so far.

Of course, they have also gone through a change in management. Bruno Lage was relieved of his duties at the start of October. The club have yet to appoint a permanent replace and results have yet to improve since his departure.

Bruno Lage opens up on Wolves exit

It is clear that Wolves are no longer to equipped compete in the top half of the table as they once were, something their former head coach believes was down to their failings in the transfer market.

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Irish defender Nathan Collins was their only major addition for much of the summer, arriving from Burnley for a fee of just over £20million. However, a flurry of activity late in the window would see the likes of Matheus Nunes, Goncalo Guedes, and Sasa Kalajdzic arrive for sizeable fees. Diego Costa would also sign on a free transfer after the close of the window.

While the club would eventually get some decent business done, he feels the lack of money invested in a striker earlier in the summer has now come back to cost them.

Speaking at Web Summit in Lisbon, he said that the club's board has learned a harsh lesson about getting their recruitment right.

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My time at Wolves was very good and I think the main point was that.

When we receive the invitation it was to change a little bit the way the team should play and we did that with same system.

We played a different way and I remember in February we were in the fight for top four, in March we were in seventh position and the last games it was hard to have five players injured.

But the good signs were the way we played in the season and especially the victory at Old Trafford, the first time Wolves beat Manchester United there.

The second season was difficult and the schedule, it is different due to the World Cup and the games are coming. I think the big lesson that not just me, but all the board should have is that we cannot compete in the Premier League without a striker.

Unfortunately at Wolves we didn’t have that striker and I knew that every time we played with a striker – not just the team but the players – the performances were completely different.

Wolves have a squad that should be performing much better than their current level, meaning you'd imagine they will pull away from relegation trouble as the campaign goes on.

However, they will need to be far more consistent after the break for the World Cup in order to ensure that is the case.

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