Gary O’Neil is setting his sights on making additions to the Wolves squad in the January transfer window, especially given the recent suspension of key players like Mario Lemina and Nelson Semedo, along with an injury to Jean-Ricner Bellegarde. The situation was such that Wolves almost had to rely on young talents during their match against Bournemouth, with Matt Doherty requiring a late fitness assessment.
Youngsters Harry Birtwistle, Tawanda Chirewa, and Harry Whittingham all made the journey to the south coast, underscoring O’Neil’s concern about the current squad’s depth. He expressed unease about the limited number of players available, particularly given the absence of several key individuals.
O’Neil said, “We do have a small squad at this moment and we’ll hopefully look to address a couple of areas in January.” He acknowledged that the squad depth is a concern, but he also praised the performance of certain players who stepped up when needed.
Despite their mid-table position with 11 points from nine games, O’Neil emphasized the need for a measured approach. He highlighted the transition the team is undergoing, with numerous changes in the summer, including the loss of experienced players. The group now consists of younger talents who are still developing. O’Neil remains cautious and believes there will be challenging moments during the Premier League season, where resilience and fighting spirit will be crucial.
He said, “I’m not getting too carried away, but like I said, pleased to get to 11 points at this moment.”