Stay or Go? Deciding Which Players Wolves Should Keep and Offload This Summer

Wolves are heading into this summer's transfer window with the kind of financial backing that wouldn't be out of place in the Premier League's top four. 


But to splash out ahead of the 2018/19 season, they'll need to cut some players from their squad. 


It's time to pass judgement on who should stay at Molineux and who should leave ahead of Wolves' return to the big time.

5. Goalkeepers

John Ruddy - GO - Ruddy's inconsistent performances have worried Wolves fans at times - his biggest blunder costing the team three points at home to Norwich when he let a 30-yard Nelson Oliveira strike squirm underneath him in the the 90th minute. His experience could be useful in the Premier League, but Wolves should be looking for a new number one.


Will Norris - STAY - His cup performances for Wolves showed glimpses of what the young goalkeeper is capable of, but a shaky display at Sunderland in the final game of the season wasn't impressive. He still deserves a chance at the club.


Carl Ikeme - STAY - Ikeme's career on the pitch may be over after his leukaemia diagnosis, but once he wins that battle, the goalkeeper should be given a role at the club. Whether that's as a coach or in the front office, Ikeme has given a lot to the club, he deserves it.

4. Full Backs/Wing Backs

Matt Doherty - STAY - The Irishman has constantly been a threat down Wolves' right hand side, and Nuno's 3-4-3 has given him a better sense of his defensive duties when Wolves don't have the ball.


Phil Ofosu-Ayeh - STAY - His injury has kept him out of the squad for the entire season, but it would be a waste for Wolves to get rid at this point. He deserves a chance in the squad and should get the occasional one next season


Barry Douglas - STAY - Wolves' chief creator in the 17/18 season, Douglas' ability from dead ball situations makes him a major asset for Wolves. There's no way Wolves let him go.


Ruben Vinagre - GO - Vinagre has a lot of potential, but Douglas has kept him out of the side this season, and considering he was only on loan at the club, there may not be space for Vinagre in the squad next season.

3. Centre Backs

Willy Boly - STAY - Boly has been imperious all season for Wolves, and signing him permanently should be one of the club's priorities this summer. The Frenchman will have no problem adjusting to the Premier League.


Danny Batth - GO - Batth has under performed when called upon this season, and his struggles in the Championship don't bode well for the Premier League. Wolves should look to offload him. 


Kortney Hause - STAY - Although Hause didn't feature too often in the 17/18 season, he seems to be the perfect left sided centre back in Nuno's system. He has a lot of potential so Wolves should keep him on.


Roderick Miranda - GO - Miranda started the season well, but soon lost his spot to Ryan Bennett and got embroiled in a match fixing scandal back in Portugal. With Wolves' relationship with Jorge Mendes already under scrutiny, they don't need that kind of press. 


Ryan Bennett - STAY - Bennett wasn't the most glamorous of Wolves' signings last summer, but he's been a solid part of Wolves' superb backline. He deserves his shot in the Premier League.


Conor Coady - STAY - Coady's transformation from squad player to one of the team's most crucial players has been remarkable. His move to the centre of a back three was seamless and he'll be important once again next season. He has to stay.

2. Centre Midfielders

Ruben Neves - STAY (PLEASE) - Wolves' best player in their 17/18 season, Neves is already top six Premier League quality. There's no doubt he has the quality to succeed at the highest level, he'll just need the personnel around him.


Alfred N'Diaye - STAY - N'Diaye offers a more physical option for Wolves in the middle of the park, if the current iteration of their 3-4-3 gets found out, N'Diaye can change how the team plays, being deployed as a box to box player. Wolves should look to sign him permanently.


Romain Saiss - STAY - Saiss has been the more defensive of the midfield pairing in the 17/18 season, and he'll provide the same defensive anchoring next season. Wolves need to keep their midfield two intact.


Morgan Gibbs-White - STAY - He may not see much playing time next season, but his talent alone should mean Wolves keep him on.

1. Forwards

Diogo Jota - STAY - Jota was Wolves' best goalscorer last season and they'll need him to continue in that vein if they want to meet expectations next season. He's going to be crucial.


Benik Afobe - JURY'S OUT - Afobe is in an unenviable position. His goal scoring towards the end of the season was important, but he doesn't necessarily fit well into Nuno's system. If Wolves are going to keep him on he may need to tweak his game, but the latest reports suggest he might be bought regardless.


Rafa Mir - STAY - Wolves fans have seen next to nothing of Mir since he joined the club, but his potential is there and it wouldn't make sense for the Black Country club to get rid so quickly.


Ivan Cavaleiro - STAY - Cavaleiro's ability to play in the centre forward role or out wide will be invaluable for the club next season. In a league that features so many different tactical set ups, Wolves will need to keep hold of a player so versatile.


Helder Costa - STAY - Costa didn't enjoy the greatest start to the 17/18 season, but he proved his worth in 2018. He'll be an important attacking outlet for Wolves next season.


Bright Enobakhare - GO - Whilst Bright is clearly talented, he's an incredibly frustrating player. In a league as cut throat as the Premier League, Wolves can't give game time to a player of his ilk.


Leo Bonatini - STAY - Bonatini's influence isn't measured in goals and assists, it's more how he thrives in Nuno's 3-4-3. His ability to come deep for the ball opens up space for Wolves' other forwards, and it's this influence that will be important for the team once again next season.