Wolverhampton Wanderers name seven new signings in their home encounter with Middlesbrough.
manager Wolverhampton Wanderers has named seven new signings for their home encounter with Nuno Espirito Santo this afternoon as the new Championship season gets underway. Middlesbrough
The former Porto boss opts for a 3-4-3 formation - tested heavily during pre-season - with Brazilian striker
spearheading the attack with support from Atletico Madrid loanee Leo Bonatini and Wolves academy graduate Diogo Jota . Bright Enobakhare
The club and Championship record signing
starts alongside Ruben Neves in the heart of the midfield, with Romain Saiss on the left wing and Barry Douglas on the right. Matt Doherty takes on the captaincy and marshalls the three-man defence, alongside Porto loanee Conor Coady at left-back and Willy Boly at right-back. Roderick Miranda , who joined on a free from Norwich City last month, takes his place between the sticks. John Ruddy is suspended for the clash after seeing red on the last day of last season, while Ivan Cavaleiro (ankle) and Helder Costa (hip) are out for the foreseeable. Ben Marshall
Options on the bench include striker
, who picked up a knock in pre-season, and Wolves stalwarts Nouha Dicko and Dave Edwards . Danny Batth
For promotion favourites Middlesbrough, meanwhile,
names an all-new front three of Garry Monk , Martin Braithwaite and Ashley Fletcher , bought for a combined £30.5m this summer. Britt Assombalonga and Marten De Roon are joined in midfield by Adam Clayton , who joined from rivals Norwich City last month, while Jonny Howson slots in alongside a familiar defensive trio of Cyrus Christie , George Friend and Daniel Ayala . Ben Gibson
Between the sticks,
takes the number one jersey following Darren Randolph 's departure for MLS side Atlanta United. Brad Guzan
Attacking options at Monk's disposal on the bench include
and Rudy Gestede . Patrick Bamford Wolverhampton Wanderers: Ruddy; Miranda, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Saiss, Neves, Douglas; Enobakhare, Bonatini, Jota Subs: Norris, Edwards, Bennett, Batth, Dicko, Graham, Ronan Middlesbrough: Randolph; Christie, Ayala, Gibson, Friend; De Roon, Clayton, Howson; Fletcher, Braithwaite, Assombalonga Subs: Dimi, Fabio, Fry, Leadbitter, Forshaw, Bamford, Gestede
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