Wolves boss Bruno Lage wants to sign defender, winger and striker during January transfer window | Football News

Wolves head coach Bruno Lage has said he wants to sign a center-back, a winger and a forward during the transfer window in January.

Lage pointed out that center-back is where he’s most desperate for reinforcements, with only three senior players currently available to fill his favorite five-back lineup.

Summer signing Willy Boly and Yerson Mosquera are both out due to injury, leaving Lage in the employ of Conor Coady, Max Kilman and Romain Saiss.

Wolves central defenders Romain Saiss, Max Kilman (center) and Conor Coady have impressed this season

“I am very happy with Conor, Saiss and Max, because they are doing very well,” Lage said on Friday before Monday’s clash with Manchester United, live on Sky Sports.

“I pray every training session and every game that the boys won’t have any injuries because we play with three central defenders and I only have those three.

“We need it, we need a central defender.”

The Wolves, who are eighth in the table, have excelled in defense this season, conceding just 14 goals in 18 games – just two more than Manchester City, the best in the league, and the same amount as Chelsea in second place.

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However, Lage’s side struggled on the other side of the field, with a total of 13 goals, the second lowest in the league.

“I also think we can find an extra winger, a different striker, so we have two or three situations that we can improve to better manage our squad.”

“Unsafe players after the Covid emergency”

Lage admits that even his players cannot say how ready they will be to face Manchester United, their first 0-0 Premier League match with Chelsea on 19 December.

The team is battling a coronavirus outbreak that forced the postponement of Tuesday’s away match at Arsenal.

It came after Boxing Day’s visit to Watford was canceled after the Hornets were unable to field a team due to the virus.

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“After 10 days without playing, in your mind, being ready to play is difficult,” Lage said. “I was talking to a player and I asked ‘are you ready to play?’

“He said, ‘I really don’t know.’ After 10 days of not playing and training you are slow to make the right decisions.

“If you take an extra second to decide then the other team comes and press. They have to keep training and adapt as soon as possible.

“They are coming back, so the next few days will be important to understand which players are eligible to play.

The head coach of the Wolves Bruno Lage (PA)
Bruno Lage admits there is uncertainty ahead of Monday’s trip to Old Trafford

“There is nothing new but now we need to understand if the players have time to recover and are in a position to play.

“We still have two days to understand which players are fit and ready to play this important match.

“We don’t have many cases but we have a small squad, (if) four or five players (we have Covid) and then after that we don’t have any players to play with.”

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