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Pierre Pellegri: The Pink Panther

Started on 6 May 2020 by Justice
Latest Reply on 2 June 2020 by Griffo
A terrific acquisition to say the least. He should fit right in with the strong mentality of Coady and physical prowess of Boly.
A great defender to bring into the club and could go onto great things at Wolves
Absolutely loving the results layout, one of the best graphics I've seen for that purpose here. Rugani is a fantastic signing with still a little bit of potential to reach!
A suitable signing given Wolves's defensive fragility and for an absolute bargain considering the quality of Rugani. A mark of intent in regards to recruitment!
Phenomenal signing in Rugani, should tighten things up, whilst allowing you to ship out any underperforming players too. Is Rugani's agent Mendes? Or is Pierre going to get in trouble for not signing a Mendes player!?
Absolutely love how you write your story, also nice visuals!

I'm sure that you will bring Wolves to success in no time!
A brilliant signing. Rugani is still my best defender and has yet to average under 7 in the three seasons I have had him. I am sure you will be able to get the best out of him and with that back three the goals conceded will surely begin to dry up. Also interested to see if anything comes of this James rumour.


Wolverhampton Wanderers completed the £27.5M transfer of Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United. The 24 year-old was a key player for the EFL Championship side and was in high demand prior to signing a three-and-a-half year deal with the Premier League's in-form team. Phillips will earn an estimated £70k per week at his new club who he will be hoping to help to success in the current UEFA Europa League campaign.

Kalvin Phillips was, in a way, Mister Leeds United. He joined Leeds' youth system in 2010 and quickly worked his way up the ranks, becoming captain of the club's development squad and U18s in the 2014-2015 season. Coincidentally, Phillips made his senior debut for Leeds against Wolverhampton Wanderers, in a game dating back to 6th April 2015. He went on to score his first goal for the club in his home debut against Cardiff just five days later.

Phillips dipped in and out of favour at the club as Leeds' first-team manager rotation was in full tilt. It was under Garry Monk in the 2016-2017 season when Phillips' talent came to prominence. He established himself as a key part of Leeds' midfield and last season, under Marcelo Bielsa, found himself as arguably the team's most important player. It was with Bielsa's guidance that Phillips transformed into a player who was capable of controlling midfield from a 'Pirlo' role just in front of defence, and was even capable of reinventing himself as part of a makeshift defence.

Bielsa's sacking from Leeds in October left Phillips' future in limbo. Leeds have been struggling in the Championship this season, currently sitting in 13th place despite a squad filled with talent, and interest in their top players had grown. Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United were among those interested in Kalvin Phillips but it was Wolverhampton Wanderers who beat them to the punch. The transfer commanded a fairly large outlay - £27.5M split into £12.5M up front and £15M in installments over three years - and has the potential to rise based on clauses. Should Phillips make 50 league appearances for Wolves, his former will be due £2.5M, and a similar fee will be due if he plays 20 games for England.

Phillips' new manager Pierre Pellegri praised the midfielder's work ethic, comparing the 24 year-old to assistant manager Roy Keane. While Wolves' midfield is currently stacked with talent, with Neves, Moutinho and Gibbs-White the current preferred midfield, Pellegri is confident that the man who played 166 times for Leeds will be a key player for his team for years to come.

Pierre Pellegri:
"He's a magnificent capture for us. He's been Leeds' best player for the last few years and certainly one of the Championship's standout stars. We're delighted to have Phillips on board and we're certain that he'll be a huge success here.

He's quite similar to Roy (Keane) in many ways. He's tenacious, hungry, very well-rounded and reads the game well. He offers a lot of grit in midfield but he's also very good at linking play. He's the kind of player who makes others around him play at another level and he'll go on to be a star for his country too. There's no doubt in my mind that he'll be a top player in the coming years."


Eoin97, he's the perfect addition for our defence!
tedbro20, he will have a huge weight of expectation on him but I reckon he'll carry it easily!
Jack, still young and has plenty of room to grow. We just need to make sure he develops!
ScottT, I couldn't believe how cheap he was! I would have expected to pay significantly more for a player of his quality.
J_ames, not represented by Mendes but perhaps it is time Wolves look elsewhere ;)
OneMoreGame, thank you very much!
TheLFCFan, James might become a Wolves player, he might not. We shall see ;)
A lot of money spent but certainly worth it in the long-run I believe. Phillips has established himself as one of the best prospects in the Championship. Another impressive capture given the interest from other sides in the top-flight.
A truly terrific signing who would spruce up most Premier League midfields with his tenacity.
Two great pick ups Jussie, loving the side stories too haha #baywatch
I think you did a great job for that wage and price (Kalvin), hope he'll get adjusted very quickly!


Confidence was high at the Molineux heading in to 2020. Despite a wobbly start to the season, the club fought back under Pellegri's stewardship and were looking to stamp their mark on their new year with some moves in the transfer market. Bruno Alves was expected to leave the club, with defensive reinforcements at the top of Wolves' priorities in the market.


There were two players loaned out (Shabani and Mayounga). More importantly, two were sold. Ofosu-Ayeh wasn't deemed good enough so money was taken for him. As for Bruno Alves..... he was on £80k p/w at the club. It was an easy decision to make.

There were just two signings, but they were high profile signings. Daniele Rugani arrived at the club for £14.75M from Juventus. The Italian senior international was expected to become a key part of the side alongside fellow new signing Kalvin Phillips. Phillips was signed from Leeds United for £27.5M (potentially rising to £32.5M). Phillips was expected to compete for a starting spot in midfield, offering defensive solidity and good linkup play.

A move for James Rodríguez failed to materialise. Real Madrid had listed the Colombian midfielder, who is set to leave the club following the expiration of his contract in the summer. Wolves were interested in securing the world renowned football star but Jorge Mendes' client refused to move club before the summer. Chelsea's Ross Barkley, Roma's Javier Pastore and Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all lined up by Wolves for a potential January move, having all been transfer listed, but Wolves were not prepared to make a significant bid following the signings of Rugani and Phillips.


The year started very positively for the club on the pitch as they hosted Bournemouth in the Premier League on New Years Day. Goals from fan favourite Diogo Jota and club captain Conor Coady secured all three points in a 2-0 win. However, this form couldn't be carried into an FA Cup third round clash away to Middlesbrough. A 3-1 lead was squandered late on as the Championship club earned a shock replay.

Wolves came back with a vengeance as they ventured to Anfield to face league leaders Liverpool. Pellegri's outfit were proving to be relative giant killers as Neves and Moutinho both scored in a 2-0 win. Wolves then secured FA Cup progression with a 3-1 win in their replay against Middlesbrough before a last minute Jonny goal earned a 1-1 draw away to Southampton in the league.

The end of the month was wrapped up in style. Pep Guardiola's Manchester City visited the Molineux looking for revenge, following December's defeat to Pellegri, but Wolves held onto a 1-0 scoreline to do the double over the reigning champions. A fourth round trip to Lincoln City in the FA Cup proved to be a walk in the park, with Wolves scoring seven times to secure progressino. All-in-all, a great month for the midlands club.

Premier League

Wolves were up to 10th place in the league after 24 games. Pellegri's 12 games in charge certainly improved on Nuno's 12 this season, with wins against Manchester City (twice) and Liverpool proving to be particular highlights. With fourteen games to go in the Premier League season, there was plenty of optimism among the camp. However, qualification for Europe looked out of the question. Wolves were 14 points behind 7th place Everton, with form under Nuno certainly damning.

Lifer under Pellegri gave plenty to celebrate (yes women, that's right) and the manager was rewarded for his work with a Manager of the Month award for January. That means the banner at the top of the graphics will require updating as he gets recognised for his work. I don't know why he's blonde in the screenshot. I assume it's for some lady-chasing prank - who knows?!?

Upcoming Fixtures

February is set to be an exciting month for the club. In the Premier League, Wolves will travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea before hosting Burnley and West Ham United. The club will also recontinue their UEFA Europa League campaign with a Last 32 tie against Sevilla. Wolves will host the Spanish side in the first leg before travelling to Spain for the second.


ScottT, I believe even the character of Phillips will be a big boost to the squad. He has a lot to do to prove value for money but he's more than good enough to do so.
Eoin97, tenacious.
Griffo, a story you blew your whistle over, I see.
Wolf, he hopefully shall!
Yet more upsets. Wolves under Pellegri certainly have an eye for beating the best and upsetting the apple cart. I'm glad to see Alves has gone and that ridiculous wage is off the books too.

Sevilla will be a tough customer in the Europa League but Wolves, as mentioned, have an eye for the big occasion.
A great couple of wins against Liverpool and Man City to cause two big upsets and I reckon Sevilla could follow as Pellegri and Keane are clearly working well together and getting the squad into a good place through fear.

A good amount of money saved there as well with Alves getting shipped out.

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