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Nuno Espirito Santo has declared Wolves are ready for the Premier League

By Jamie Brassington | Wolves | Published:

Nuno Espirito Santo has declared Wolves 'ready' for the new season ahead of tomorrow's big kick-off against Everton.

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Wolves take on The Toffees for their first Premier League Game in six years at Molineux.

And Nuno, speaking this afternoon in his pre-Everton press conference, said his bulked up squad were ready for the challenges ahead - but refused to declare a target for the new season.

The 44-year-old said: "We are highly motivated for it (the new season) and we are ready.

"We’re at Molineux and home advantage is important so we want to have the support of our fantastic fans. The pack of Molineux will help us for sure. So we are delighted to start. "

Asked on expectations for Wolves this season, Nuno said: "We cannot control expectations from the outside. What we know is here, inside of Compton, the way we work, the way we think things. It doesn’t affect us, it doesn’t (move) away from our line.

"So we are comfortable, we are confident, we are happy in how we are going to start the game tomorrow.

"So we don’t do projections into the future. There is no aim or target position. It doesn’t mean anything the table, it means nothing tomorrow. It is about how we play."

Wolves wrapped up their transfer business on deadline day yesterday with the signing of Belgian international Leander Dendoncker, on an initial season-long loan with a move to be made permanent next summer.

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He was the latest acquisition alongside club record signing Adama Traore, for £18 million.

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Asked what qualities they can bring to Wolves, Nuno said: "Different characteristics inside our squad that we think and we believe that we can use them in the right moments and help the team.

"It is a short squad, because we agreed that being short gives us the chance to do something that, I truly am confident, (we are) able to do different things on the pitch. And this our philosophy with everybody being involved."

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Wolves have signed 10 players in total over the summer with the others being Joao Moutinho, Rui Patricio, Raul Jimenez, Jonny Castro Otto and last season's players Diogo Jota, Willy Boly, Leo Bonatini and Ruben Vinagre.

Asked how satisfied he was with Wolves' transfer business, and if he believes the squad can compete in the Premier League this season, Nuno said: "I think the transfer market has different steps. First of all you determine your target list.

"Second of all you start pre-season with the squad that you had before and you start working. You determine who you want. Sometimes it is possible, sometimes it is not. And it is about getting the players that you think can fit into your squad.

"Do you think can he bring something to you that you don’t have? So regarding that point of view, I think we brought players that can help us and I think we are ready to start the competition and go game by game."

He added: "I don’t think there’s a lot of changes (to the squad from last season). The base of that season is here, the starting point last season and since then it’s been a growing process."

Nuno is expecting a tough game against tomorrow against Everton but added that all games will be tough in the Premier League this season.

He said: "We know, we look at Everton and see a good squad, good players, reinforcements in the last day. It is going to be tough but all the teams are going to be tough. Just look at the quality. A simple statistic that how many players of the Premier League were involved in the World Cup, that says a lot about the Premier League. No doubt about it and the best competition amongst clubs in the World. "

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Wolves Reporter - @JamieB_Star

Sports reporter, primarily covering Wolves. Call me on 01902319464 or email jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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