Wolverhampton Wanderers shattered their transfer record in January with the signing of Portuguese winger Helder Costa, and would have expected a solid play-off push to follow.
15th place by the end of the campaign saw manager Paul Lambert sacked and replaced by former Porto boss Nuno Santo, and the new man at the helm will join the club with the weight of expectation on his shoulders.
A solid showing in this summer’s transfer window will be his first test, and adding depth and quality to his squad will present a number of headaches for the gaffer in the coming weeks.
Wolves will hope to keep Costa amid reported interest from clubs around Europe, and should also add more quality on the opposite flank to ensure Wolves goal scoring output increase from an inspiring 54 league goals last season.
One player set to be available is Bournemouth winger Max Gradel, who wants to leave the club after limited chances have threatened his position in the Ivory Coast national team.
With a World Cup just a year away, the player needs minutes, and would receive then in abundance at Molineux.
Santo will aim to take his side to the upper reaches of the Championship next season, and Gradel could help to fire the club up the table.
Alongside Costa, Wolves would have the most dangerous wide pairing in the division, and a solid season in the league would ensure Gradel a place in the plane to Russia, should his beloved nation successfully navigate qualifying.