It may not have been away for very long, but football fans were still delighted to witness the return of the Premier League earlier this month. What a start to the season it’s been as well.

There have been goals galore across the division in one of the most exhilarating first few games in years. It’s hard to predict what might happen next. Your best bet is checking out the latest EPL predictions from Gamblerspro.com. 

As well as some brilliant action on the pitch, supporters have also been treated to some high-profile transfers off the pitch. Chelsea have been going crazy, bringing in the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell. Meanwhile, champions Liverpool have bolstered their ranks with Thiago Alcantara and Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Diogo Jota. 

Not resting on their laurels, Wolves soon made up for losing Jota by bringing in Nelson Semedo from Barcelona for £27m. Prior to this,  FC Porto wonderkid Fábio Silva arrived at Molineux for a club record £36m. Both players are Portuguese, continuing the Wanderers’ incredible commitment to recruiting from Portugal. Much of this has to do with their close relationship with super agent Jorge Mendes, which begs the question: which Portuguese player will be moving to the Black Country next?

André Silva 

With Wolves’ star striker Raul Jimenez being linked with a move away from the club, manager Nuno Espirito Santo will likely be on the lookout for a new centre-forward soon. Step forward, André Silva. The 24-year-old has been capped 35 times by Portugal, scoring 16 goals. Silva recently resurrected his career on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt last season and he signed permanently for the Bundesliga club this summer. A strong, powerful centre-forward with his peak years ahead of him, Silva would be the ideal replacement if Jimenez does depart Molineux in the next few years. 

Renato Sanches 

Last time Renato Sanches tried his luck in the Premier League with Swansea City, things went horrifically wrong. The Swans ended up getting relegated and Sanches’ standout moment was passing the ball to an advertising hoarding in a viral social media clip. Since that disaster, the midfielder has matured and improved, starring for Ligue 1 side Lille last season and showing glimpses of the player that was once the hottest young talent in the world. The obvious next step is a move to Wolves.

Bruma 

Wolves already have one of the best wingers in the Premier League in Adama Traoré but if they are serious about breaking into the top six they are in dire need of strength in depth. This is where Bruma could come in. Capped nine times thus far, the tricky 25-year-old follows in the strong tradition of tricky Portuguese wingers. Capable of playing on either flank, he has not quite managed to hit the height of his Galatasaray career where he managed a combined 17 goals and assists in a season, since departing the Turkish club in 2017. If anyone can get his career back on track, its Wolves inspirational head coach.

 

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I think that Wolves' transfer moves are likely done for the season. They are used to operating with a small squad, and with no Europa League this season, there is less of a need than there was last season for a large squad.

People are point...

I think that Wolves' transfer moves are likely done for the season. They are used to operating with a small squad, and with no Europa League this season, there is less of a need than there was last season for a large squad.

People are point toward the loss of Jota as a need for a replacement. I think a big reason Wolves accepted Jota's departure was the emergence of Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence. Both have fit in well, and though different than Jota in many ways, both can play on the wing or as a second striker behind Jimenez.

I think if Wolves were to strengthen any position, it would be center back. The entire team performance yesterday to West Ham was poor, but I think there will come a time where the Saiss/Boly/Coady backline becomes unsustainable. The only other options at center-back are Dendoncker and Max Kilman (Roderick and Bennett shouldn't be relied upon). A marquee center back would be a quality addition. If we're keeping it Portuguese, a Diogo Leite or a David Carmo would be in the mould of a young, up-and-coming prospect with the potential to be world class.

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I really find Nuno Espirito Santo as a very patriotic man. I think he puts his country above anything else. You could see that from his team, from the number of Portuguese players he has acquired over the years. He has that vision of unearthing...

I really find Nuno Espirito Santo as a very patriotic man. I think he puts his country above anything else. You could see that from his team, from the number of Portuguese players he has acquired over the years. He has that vision of unearthing and developing the next generation of Portuguese footballers.

On the other hand, I have lack of respect for managers like Jorge Jesus, Andre Villas-Boas, Jose Mourinho or Paulo Fonseca. These guys have been managers at the highest level in their own respective clubs for almost 10 to 15 years, but have not developed a decent Portuguese players till now, not one. They are the boss wherever they go, but they really don't have the intention of purchasing a Portuguese player. They have no patriotism in them. Mourinho tried it once with Ricardo Quaresma during his time at Inter Milan, but Quaresma chocked.

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Lol, Dhazer, I used to think like you did before. However, let's be realistic here. It's up to the player themselves to push and knock off their teammate to get into the action. I find it funny how you praise NES who has accomplished one *little*...

Lol, Dhazer, I used to think like you did before. However, let's be realistic here. It's up to the player themselves to push and knock off their teammate to get into the action. I find it funny how you praise NES who has accomplished one *little* meaningful title with Wolves while the likes of Jorge Jesus, AVB, Mourinho (really?!) and Paulo Fonseca have won glory in different countries and produced top talents all over the world. This youth movement takes are pitiful garbage that must be stopped lol. Even I, as a Benfica fan(!) HATED the Seixal project. You can't put youth everywhere and expect them to win. But if you must insist..

Jorge Jesus developed: Andre Gomes, Andre Almeida, Fabio Coentrao, Ruben Amorim, Pizzi, and many more.. shall I go on?
AVB developed: Joao Moutinho, Raul Miereles, Varela, Ruben Micael, Rolando, etc.

You are telling me that when Andre Villas Boas was in Porto, what Portuguese player could take a spot from Hulk? Falcao? Fredy Guarin? Portuguese development now is so much different than in the past.

I can remember every portuguese prospect that was 'hyped up' to not acheive anything. What is Ze Gomes doing nowadays?!

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If you think that patriotism is measured in exploiting your country's gems for profit, then sure.

The actual history is that Nuno is Jorge Mendes" first ever client as an agent. As such, he and Nuno go way back and Nuno is happy to help Jorge...

If you think that patriotism is measured in exploiting your country's gems for profit, then sure.

The actual history is that Nuno is Jorge Mendes" first ever client as an agent. As such, he and Nuno go way back and Nuno is happy to help Jorge make as much money as possible.

Wolves also have an exclusive deal that allow Mendes to act as their scout and recommend and negotiate deals with Portuguese players on their behalf.

I think the minute Wolves begin to underperform (which is already happening this season), it will put a massive spotlight on the Wolves set up as well as Nuno.

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Bruma needs to drop his manager and join Jorge Mendes. Time is running out for him and he should be playing for a big team. Wake up, Bruma!! You are already 25 and your career has been average. You are a brillant player but nobody will remember...

Bruma needs to drop his manager and join Jorge Mendes. Time is running out for him and he should be playing for a big team. Wake up, Bruma!! You are already 25 and your career has been average. You are a brillant player but nobody will remember you in years to come. Please, Come to the premiership!! The fitness level and the speed of the game will put you at a different level, just like it did for Ronaldo!!!

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@John and Chris

I don't think developing youngsters is exploiting. Building them up and giving them time on the pitch is what these young players need. Like I said, Nuno Espirito Santo got a vision for the future of his country.

Tell me, what...

@John and Chris

I don't think developing youngsters is exploiting. Building them up and giving them time on the pitch is what these young players need. Like I said, Nuno Espirito Santo got a vision for the future of his country.

Tell me, what have Jorge Jesus, Andre Villas-Boas, Jose Mourinho or Paulo Fonseca contributed for the national team? What Portuguese players have they developed over the years with all the powers they have had?

Sure Jose Mourinho took with him Paulo Ferreira and Ricardo Carvalho to Chelsea. He then purchased Tiago and that's about it. AVB also went to Chelsea with no Portuguese players. AVB was then appointed manager at Tottenham where he had €100m to spend, but he didn't get a single Portuguese player. Just look at his team now at Marseille.

Sorry about Jorge Jesus, yes he developed Fabio Coentrao. Other than that, players like Andre Almeida, Ruben Amorim and Pizzi are just mediocre at best. They have no contribution for the national team whatsoever. As for Andre Gomes, it was Nuno Espirito Santo that took him to Valencia where he developed to become a beast, before Barcelona dismantled him.

Lopetegui introduced Ruben Neves into the footballing world and even handed him the captain armband at a very young age, but after Lopetegui got sacked Ruben Neves' luck went dry, got benched, eventually becoming a mediocre player. It was Nuno Espirito Santo that took him to Wolves where he flourished and making a big name for himself today. Without Nuno, Ruben Neves would be a nobody. Just look at Diogo Jota now.

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I'm sorry Dhazer, but there were no real Portuguese talents coming up throughout the years before 2016. Again, you can count on and on the failed prospects that were hyped up over the years that amounted to nothing: Ze Gomes, Bruno Gama, Rui...

I'm sorry Dhazer, but there were no real Portuguese talents coming up throughout the years before 2016. Again, you can count on and on the failed prospects that were hyped up over the years that amounted to nothing: Ze Gomes, Bruno Gama, Rui Fonte, Salvador Agra, Agostinho Ca, etc.. Unfortunately you can't see the forest for the trees!

Fernando Santos, and everyone else before him can only select 22/23 players. I could see your point if Andre Almeida, Pizzi and Ruben Amorim weren't good players - they are serviceable and dependable for their teams, thanks to Jorge Jesus. Are you forgetting Joao Mario and William really making strides in their development from JJ? Even Bruno Fernandes has given interviews saying he would love to work with Jesus because he molded him into what he is today.

Every situation is different. Villas-Boas only stayed at Porto for one year, in which they mopped the floor with the whole league. He then went to England - and failed there. Chelsea and Tottenham thought he could create the magic that he had at Porto but it was to no avail. (wasn't Falcao and Hulk rumored to go to England during that time? It's been so long..). Ruben Neves stopped playing at Porto because Casemiro took his spot and played better than him.

Just because Portuguese players don't make it to the Selecao, doesn't mean they are bad players! Look at the Horta brothers, Ivan Cavaleiro, Ruben Vezo, Paulo Oliviera, and the list goes on.

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Dhazer, respectfully, what exactly has Nuno Espirito Santo contributed to the national team? Don't get me wrong, I like him a lot and think he got a raw deal at Porto, but he doesn't have an agenda to "develop" Portuguese players.

He is simply...

Dhazer, respectfully, what exactly has Nuno Espirito Santo contributed to the national team? Don't get me wrong, I like him a lot and think he got a raw deal at Porto, but he doesn't have an agenda to "develop" Portuguese players.

He is simply a conduit through which Jorge Mendes makes millions of dollars. Nothing more.

Ruben Neves was already a big prospect at Porto and got Champions League experience at Porto. Yes, playing at Wolves helped, but he would have been even better had he stayed at Porto instead of playing a year in the English 2nd Division.

Jota was also developed at Porto. Like Neves, I'm still upset Porto also let Jota go. A great player who by the way, arrived from Atletico. Regarding the other managers you mentioned, I agree Jesus is awful for Portuguese player development.

I don't like AVB, but I also don't think it's fair to criticize him for not developing Portuguese players, considering he spent a whopping 2 seasons in Portugal (Academica & Porto).

Mourinho isn't necessarily known for developing players anymore, but at Porto, he brought along some big names like Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo F, as you mentioned, as well as Costings, Deco, Maniche, Pedro Mendes, and Bruno Alves.

Again, Wolves is a cool project, but it's more about money than developing young players.

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Quick note about JJ.

He did not develop Fabio C. Fabio was already a fantastic mid but due to a injury crisis at Benfica JJ had no option but to stick Fabio C as a full back. It was more a choice due to necessity and he got lucky Fabio was such...

Quick note about JJ.

He did not develop Fabio C. Fabio was already a fantastic mid but due to a injury crisis at Benfica JJ had no option but to stick Fabio C as a full back. It was more a choice due to necessity and he got lucky Fabio was such a great talent. This is the same coach who played Malgarejo as a full back, one of the worst players I have ever seen.

The list of players JJ torpedo'd is long! He is horrific for developing anything outside his barely passable Portuguese language skills.

Alot of this is time and patience. If given the time and patience many players develop. Mourinho is a top end manager, he doest have the luxury of "development" when he is expected to win every match and play attractive football along the way. He needs results not development.

Fonseca DID develop many players with Braga. Same as AvB with Zenit. You seem to be picking targets there.

For all the good stories like Neves and Jota there are other stories like Luri Medeiros, Josue, Bruma who are lost and need regular playtime, confidence of the manager and time. Most "fans" arent willing to give anyone time any longer, its WIN OR YOU SUCK! Especially in the EPL.

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