Jota and Neves have signed 13 players from Nunos, afghanistan's first three

Jota and Neves have signed 13 players from Nunos, afghanistan's first three ...

In 2017, Wolves elected Nuno Espirito Santo to replace Paul Lambert in the Molineux hot seat, but where are the Portugueses'' first transfers with the West Midlands natives?

Nuno was a free agent at the time of Lambert leaving his role in the Black Country, after finishing Porto. The 48-year-old was also Wolves'' third head coach in a year, after Walter Zenga was only 87 days in the position before Lambert left for seven months.

In their roles, Nuno introduced Rui Pedro Silva as his assistant, as fitness coach Antonio Dias and Rui Barbosa as his goalkeeping coach.

Nunos'' arrival in the West Midlands marked a change in the way for Wolves as he spent the next four years at the club. He left Porto and Dynamo Moscow in 2021 to take charge of Tottenham Hotspur, where he lasted four months.

With 99 points, Wolves have spent each season in the Premier League, while Nuno led the Black Country side to the Europa League quarter-finals in 2020.

So, five years after Wolves appointing Nuno as the team''s replacement before getting the West Midlands natives back to the top-flight, where are his first 13 transfers now?

The first 13 Wolves transfers for Nunos are still at Molineux.

Only three of Nunos'' first 13 transfers are still at Molineux, but the Portuguese made eight permanent deals in the summer of 2017, while also sealing loan moves for five players to further strengthen his new team that would win promotion.

Diogo Jota, Alfred NDiaye, Willy Boly, Leo Bonatini, and Ruben Vinagre were among the five loan transfers Nuno secured in 2017. Wolves would then turn Vinagre, Bonatini, Boly, and Jotas into permanent moves, while NDiaye returned to Villarreal on loan.

NDiaye played in 33 Championship games during his time at Molineux for three goals and two assists. He then left Villarreal permanently in 2019 for Al-Shabab Saudi Arabia.

Wolves beat Atletico Madrid 12 million to retain Jota, who was then promoted to Liverpool in 2020. The Portuguese scored 44 goals from 131 matches across all competitions while at Molineux, and has scored 34 goals so far over 85 games at Anfield.

In 2018 the Ivory Coast international set Wolves back 10m to make his loan deal with Porto permanent, which includes 147 appearances, but only played 11 games in the Premier League under Bruno Lage in the 2021/22 term.

Bonatini, on the other hand, has spent the last two seasons with Grasshoppers after coming to Nottingham Forest in 2019 and Vitoria Guimaraes in 19/20. He had previously signed for Wolves on an initial season-long loan from Al Hilal and scored 13 goals in 56 games at the club.

Vinagre had a similar start to the 2021/22 season away from Molineux and will now play Sporting Lisbon permanently for 8.5 million euros. After receiving an initial loan from Monaco, the 23-year-old made 70 appearances with Wolves, before playing with the Olympiacos and Famalicao.

Nuno has signed a new Swansea man, Bennett, as the first permanent Wolves move.

After 92 appearances for Norwich City, Nuno signed Ryan Bennett for his first permanent deal as Wolves manager in May 2017. He was remained on the Molineux outfits accounts until joining Swansea City on a three-year deal in 2020.

With the Molineux reunion, Miranda marked Nunos'' first paid-for Wolves transfer.

Roderick Miranda was Nunos'' first paid-for transfer as Wolves boss after moving from Rio Ave for 2.5 million. The defender had played under the Portuguese at Rio Ave in 2013/14, but played only 19 times at Molineux. He will leave in 2021 and is now at Melbourne Victory.

Ofosu-Ayeh, the former Superettan leader, was given a free transfer by Wolves at Halmstads.

Phil Ofosu-Ayeh would be signing for Molineux until 2020, but the Ghana forward had never made a first-team appearance due to injuries. He is now leading the Superettan with Halmstads.

Douglas is currently at Lech Poznan after joining Wolves in the first transfer window for Nunos.

Barry Douglas has returned to Poland five years after joining Wolves in the first transfer window in charge. He only left-back at Molineux for a year before joining Leeds for 3 million euros, but remained under contract there until 2021, with a return to Lech Poznan.

Nuves still has no Wolves transferred to Molineux as part of Nunos'' first Wolves transfer.

Ruben Neves is one of the first Nunos Wolves transfers currently at Molineux with Boly and by contract, Bonatini. Porto received a club-record 15 million for the midfielder they now value, according to the Daily Mail, despite an interest in him from Manchester United.

When his contract expires on June 30, Ruddy will leave Wolves.

John Ruddy, who has signed for Wolves for free after leaving Norwich at the end of his contract in 2017 and has made 72 appearances, but the goalkeeper managed 45 of them in 2017/18.

Norris was dropped without taking the stage in Burnley in the 2021/22 season.

Will Norris joined Cambridge United for Wolves in 2017, but was still on loan for Ipswich Town in 2019/20 after eight appearances, and his Turf Moor spell has so far featured three outings with each in the 2020/21 season.

With the now Zhiyun man, Nuno secures his last transfer of his first Wolves window.

Mit der signing of Ming-Yang Yang, the former NT Zhiyun, from FC Winterthur, Nuno sealed the last permanent transfer of his first season with Wolves. But the Swiss midfielder never made a senior outing at Molineux before joining the Grasshoppers in August 2020 until February 2021.

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