Nuno Espirito Santo has just overseen a transfer window of evolution at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Portuguese presided over one of his busiest windows to date and allowed three first team regulars to leave, whilst also bringing six new players into his group.
We’ve spoken a lot about Nelson Semedo, Marcal, Ki-Jana Hoever, Rayan Ait-Nouri, Vitinha and Fabio Silva – but what about those Nuno let go?
In addition to Matt Doherty, Diogo Jota and Ruben Vinagre – whose move to Olympiakos is initially on loan – several others have left Wolves in recent months.
Here we take a look at the fortunes of the players who left Wolves permanently during the last window.
Doherty’s transfer to Tottenham came out of the blue and was met with lots of frustration from supporters at the time. That anger stemmed from a replacement not being signed before Doherty’s £15million move was given the green light.
Wolves had a plan all along though and announced the signing of Nelson Semedo from Barcelona in a deal which could eventually be worth up to £36.6million.
Doherty has started four of Spurs’ six Premier League games so far, while he’s also been heavily involved in their Europa League campaign.
It was Spurs who pipped Wolves to sixth spot and they have been subjected to the gruelling slog of trips to Bulgaria and Macedonia to earn their place in the Group Stages.
After being battered by supporters for his showing in their opening day defeat to Everton, things have gradually improved for Doherty and he seems to have the edge over Serge Aurier at the moment.
Portuguese attacker Jota looked like he needed a fresh challenge towards the end of his Wolves career and Liverpool – at a cost of more than £40million – have given him that.
The 23-year-old scored on his Premier League debut for the Reds in a 3-1 win over Arsenal but his first league start ended disastrously in a 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa.
Jota made a major impact in their Champions League win over Ajax last week and netted the winner in their 2-1 win over Sheffield United at the weekend.
Liverpool ‘keeper Adrian recently revealed how Jota has already won over his teammates.
“He’s impressive, he’s doing really well,” said Adrian. “From the first moment he came into the team, he’s showing the quality, the pace that he has, the intensity, the dribbling, shooting.
“He’s a hard worker and it’s a good compliment to our players. I think he showed in the last few games that he played, he’s in a great level. So he’s going to help us a lot.”
Costa left Wolves last year but his permanent £16million move was sealed once Leeds United’s promotion to the Premier League was confirmed.
There was a time when Costa struggled to get into Leeds’ starting XI but Marcelo Bielsa now trusts him implicitly. The wideman has been one of Leeds’ shining lights so far this season and caused Wolves a few problems when the teams met last week.
Joe Mewis, of LeedsLive, told us: “Helder Costa has been playing some of his best football in a Leeds shirt so far in the early weeks of the new campaign.
“A brace against Fulham has been supplemented by some excellent performances on the right, as it looks like a year learning Bielsa’s systems and getting used to his exacting demands is now paying dividends after he failed to live up to lofty expectations last season.”
Enobakhare is already looking for a new club after his contract was terminated by AEK Athens by mutual consent. Nuno believes Enobakhare is a ‘special player’ and was hoping he would shine in Greece after Wolves opted to release him earlier this year.
But a series of ‘issues’ – according to Greek newspaper To Vima – led to his deal being terminated and he’s now looking for a new employer.
The Nigerian forward only played one game for AEK and scored in a 3-0 win over Lamia.
One player who is grasping his chance is Jordan Graham. The winger has scored four times in eight League One matches for Gillingham – five in 11 across all competitions – and looks a class act in the third tier.
After five separate loan spells away from Wolves, the final of which was with the Gills last season, Graham now has a permanent home and in Steve Evans he has a manager who rates him.
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Norris gave up his position as third choice goalkeeper at Wolves to take up the exact same role at Burnley.
He hasn’t featured yet under Sean Dyche with England’s Nick Pope and Northern Ireland’s Bailey Peacock-Farrell ahead of him in the pecking order.
Bennett is already a fixture in Swansea City’s starting XI, despite joining up with them less than two weeks ago. He has started their draws with Coventry City and Bristol City and is being used in three-man defence.
Remember him? Ofosu-Ayeh is the ultimate forgotten man as far as Wolves are concerned. He struggled with an ankle injury right at the beginning of his Wolves career, which he didn’t shake off until the end of the season. By that point his chance had been and gone, meaning he never actually played a game in three years under Nuno.
The German-born defender had loan spells with Hansa Rostock and Wurzburger Kickers while at Molineux but spent the last 12 months of his contract in the wilderness at Compton Park.
Ofosu-Ayeh’s fortunes haven’t changed for the better since he left Wolves either with no suitors stepping forward to sign him.