Wolves are joint-top of the form table – so where are all their Dream Team points?11/24/2021
WOLVES have quietly gone about their business very effectively this season.
Bruno Lage’s side started the campaign with three 1-0 defeats that could all be considered unlucky to some degree.
They created far more chances than Leicester, Spurs and Manchester United in their respective August match-ups but failed to convert dominance into goals, with Adama Traore (£2.5m) personally responsible for several misdirected shots.
However, their luck soon evened out as they strung together a run of four victories in five league games, thanks in part to the form of loanee Hwang Hee-chan (£2.5m).
In fact, if you look at the Premier League form table over the last seven Game Weeks, Wolves are joint-top alongside Chelsea and Manchester City having amassed 16 points.
This fine run has catapulted them to sixth in the actual table.
With just under a third of the season complete, the Molineux residents should certainly be considered one of the better teams in the league.
Subsequently, the question must be asked: where are all their Dream Team points?
Romain Saiss (£2.7m) and Max Kilman (£2.2m) are their club’s joint-best performers but their tally of 42 points puts them just joint-68th in the overall rankings.
Representatives of Burnley, Newcastle, Watford, Leeds and Southampton all boast more points than the defensive pair.
Wolves have the fourth-best defensive record in the Premier League at this stage but, despite this, Saiss and Kilman find themselves outside the top 20 defenders.
And this theme spans across every position.
Raul Jimenez’s (£3.6m) winner against West Ham at the weekend was his third goal of the campaign – he’s also registered two assists.
The problem is that the Mexico international has desperately struggled to achieve 7+ ratings for games in which he hasn’t directly contributed to a goal, hence his modest points tally of 34.
Hwang is marginally ahead of his team-mate but 34 of his 37 points came in three outings against Watford, Newcastle and Leeds.
In midfield, the aforementioned Traore rekindled his 2019 Dream Team form at the start of the new term by pouching Star Man awards at virtually every opportunity thanks to his superhuman dribbling stats.
However, like several previous managers, Lage has realised that the frustration the speedy winger brings too often outweighs the benefits – Traore has been limited to substitute appearances more often than not in recent weeks.
One reason Wolves’ returns don’t match up to their standing is the fact they have generally edged out their opponents for narrow victories.
This won’t matter one iota to their fans of course because securing the three points is all that really matters but in the world of Dream Team, goals are the primary currency.
Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool’s ability to frequently put opponents to the sword helps maximise their returns – Wolves have only scored more than two goals in a game once this season.
The second factor limiting their returns is the schedule.
Wolves don’t have European commitments to fulfil this season and so their assets simply don’t have as many opportunities to fill their boots as the likes of West Ham, Spurs, etc.
Plus, Lage’s side were eliminated from the Carabao Cup at the first time of asking.
Going forward, there’s certainly potential for the likes of Jimenez, Saiss, Kilman and Hwang to evolve into effective Dream Team assets for 2021/22 but they’re not quite there yet.
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