Wolverhampton Wanderers are a club that have always been associated as a team that has the base to go on and do great things but haven’t fulfilled their potential over the last few years. But this season could be there best chance in years to return to the Premier League since relegation in 2012.
The stadium, training campus and academy are at a top level, now they have the owners to bring them back. Wolves’ problem has been their struggle to get out of the Championship, because they haven’t had the quality of players and when they did, bigger clubs came in for those players. This season is different, Wolves have had one of the most productive transfer windows in there history and this all in the aim of getting them back up into the Premier League where fans feel they should be.
Since the takeover by Chinese conglomerate Fosun International Group, they haven’t been afraid to pump money into the club. The added bonus of Portuguese football agent Jorge Mendes having a partnership with the group, means he has bought in an influx of players. Mostly bright youngsters from Portugal who are far to good for the Championship, surely making an exciting squad for the new season. Last season he bought in Helder Costa who had a brilliant first season for Wolves and won multiple club awards for his goals and performances. This set the standard for who Mendes could bring into the club to really give them a chance of getting back in the top league.
So this season Fosun Group have put their trust in him and his first order of business was to bring in one of his clients Nuno Espírito Santo as manager. With this he has produced some exciting signings for Wolves which puts them in the category of title contenders. Here are some of the standout signings they have made:
The 20 year old signed from Porto for around £15 million and is a classy central defensive midfield player. His best attributes are his technical ability and his distribution of the ball and this is what attracted bigger clubs in the Premier League before his move to Wolves. He’s not going to be snotting about like the Roy Keanes of the world but his style is very much like Xabi Alonso. In Portugal he was an upcoming star at Porto and his national sides youngest ever U21s player.
Again another Portuguese prodigy, this time a little older with experience at the age of 26. Nuno took the centre back with him when he took the Wolves job, he signed from Rio Ave for around £2.5 million. Before that he played at Benfica for 10 years, his strengths are ball wining because of his 6ft3 stature and his reading of the game.
After the heartbreaking diagnosis of cancer to Wolves number one Carl Ikeme, they were looking for a top keeper to fill the role. Ruddy is well known to English Football being a standout performer for Norwich and a great part of their previous Premier League campaigns. He is an experienced keeper at the age of 30 that will be essential for a promotion bid, and a bonus on a free transfer.
This Portuguese youngster is rated very highly in Spain for his club Atletico Madrid where he’s departed on a season long loan. Jota is a quick and tricky who plays just in behind the striker. Before his move to Wolves impressed on a loan spell at Porto. This player is one to watch out for in the future and will be a really helpful addition to the club.
These are just a few of the quality signings Wolves have made during this transfer window. With their new manager, new players and all round great club ethos, this is Wolves’ best chance in a long time in snatching promotion.
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