Wolves: Nuno's major concern summed up by Adama Traore, Pedro Neto and Raul Jimenez

Wolves manager Nuno

In an interview with Sky Sports, Wolves manager Nuno has spoken of his frustration as to how slowly his team tends to start in the Premier League. 

Indeed, despite an otherwise successful stint back in the top tier, they have failed to score before half-time in 58 of their 82 games which equates to around 70%.

While Wolves have certainly been impressive since winning promotion in 2018, it stands to reason that they’d be more of a force if they were able to impose themselves earlier.

"I'm very much concerned, I wish we could score in the first minute but we play against very good teams'' he said

''The most difficult part of the game is to score and we have to work hard on it.''

Having finished just seven points off the top four last season, fixing that particular problem could have some big results.

With the fact Wolves tend to struggle in the opening forty-five minutes an open secret, we've decided to crunch the numbers and have a look at some of the key players who improve after the interval. 

Adama Traore

Wolves star Adama Traore

While not always a regular starter, the baby-oiled wrecking machine that is Adama Traore has certainly seen his productivity improve after the break. 

Since December 4th 2019, the Spaniard has a total of 0.06 xA (expected assists) per 90 minutes in the first-half - which would see him rank 114th in that metric in the Premier League - compared to 0.46 over the same period in the second-half.

Taking only the last half of the game into account, it's just Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne who ranks higher. 

Pedro Neto 

Wolves star Pedro Neto

The Portuguese certainly seems to find his shooting boots in the second-half. Obviously, he's not always been a regular in the time period we're about to mention but, given he started 15 games last season and finished the campaign with a sustained run, it seems fair to draw on his statistics. 

When looking at his output from January 1st 2020, the contrast is stark for the 20-year-old. During the opening half of the game, he's recorded 0.59 shots per 90 (207th best in the league) compared to 2.59 shots in the second half. 

Raul Jimenez

Wolves star Raul Jimenez

While it's hard to criticise Raul Jimenez given his overall importance to Wolves' cause, it's interesting to see how he comes alive later in the game. 

Since 2nd November 2019, his three goals scored in the first 45 equates to 0.17 per 90 while his fifteen after the interval sees that tally rise to 0.88. 

Taking only the latter stat into account, only Jamie Vardy and Sergio Aguero rank higher in the Premier League. 

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