Wolves Under-23s ready for PSG and Morecambe
Boss Rob Edwards cannot wait for Wolves Under-23s to test themselves against both senior opposition and the continent’s best young sides.
Edwards’ charges, who won Premier League 2 Division Two last season, are competing in the Leasing.com Trophy again this campaign, and also readying themselves for the Premier League International Cup.
In the Trophy, Wolves are in Northern Group G along with Blackpool, Carlisle United and Morecambe.
And in the International Cup, Wolves are in Group E with Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Athletic Bilbao.
Facing those teams, while looking to hold their own in the top flight, is a stern challenge, but Edwards is embracing it.
“The Trophy was great last year – they were arguably our best games,” he said.
“We were close in all of them and they were tough matches.
“I’m sure it will be similar again this year.
“The International Cup is a new competition for us – PSG at Molineux, how good is that?
“I think that week (in late November) goes PSG, Chelsea a few days later (in the league) and then Athletic Bilbao, so all the best with that.
“Let’s go! It’s a great challenge, and one we’re looking forward to.”
Wolves played Scunthorpe, Mansfield and Lincoln in the Trophy last year and managed to beat the latter on penalties at Sincil Bank, but ended up bottom of the group.
In the league so far, they have picked up one win, one draw and two losses.
New additions include attacking midfielder Meritan Shabani, from Bayern Munich, and defender Raphael Nya, from PSG.
Niall Ennis and Cameron John are not with the team this term, though, as they have both joined Doncaster on loan.
Sadou Diallo has moved to Accrington Stanley on loan until January too.
“We’re all on a bit of a learning journey,” said Edwards.
“We don’t know loads about the opposition and under-23s football changes as well on a yearly basis.
“We have had a few go out on loan, and a few have moved on.
“It’s a bit different to the first team where you know more about them.
“So, I think once everyone has played a few games, we’ll get to know them even more.
“I think there’s definitely a step up, 100 per cent, but that was the whole reason for getting here in the first place, to give the boys the best challenge possible.”
As well as the league, Trophy and International Cup, Wolves also have the Premier League Cup to think about.
“I’d love to have a good run in something, and be challenging in something because (last season’s achievement) was a great feeling for the lads and all of the staff to win something; it was fantastic,” added Edwards.
“We’re in four competitions, so we’re going to have a go in all of them, and let’s see.”