How are their 19 players in Europe doing – the Athletic


At the turn of the century, Wolves were a second division club that loaned out six players during the 2000-01 season. Robert Niestroj was sent to Iraklis in Greece. A young Matt Murray spent time with non-Kingstonians.

In 2021-2022, Wolves are a Premier League club that has loaned nearly two dozen players this season to various leagues across Europe.

The way young players develop has changed dramatically over the past two decades, as have the processes that lead to their loan.

When Ryan Giles left on loan in July, Wolves didn’t send the 21-year-old to any former league club. Cardiff City were specifically chosen because they play with width and a target man and it was felt that Giles would be one of the best centers in the division. He responded with four assists in his first four appearances.

The man overseeing what is a big deal at Wolves is Matt Jackson, whose job as “strategic player marketing manager,” considered the leading role of its kind in the country, includes managing the club’s lenders – something like that. thing he took from their former director of loans Seyi Olofinjana, who was named sporting director of the Swiss club Grasshoppers this summer.

The many Wolves players on loan have varying levels of first-team experience. Some play and do well, others don’t.


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