Wolverhampton FC should be a team to admire
When Wolverhampton FC got promoted into the Premier League for the 2018/19 season, it was almost certain they were going to survive relegation. They had it all figured out before getting promoted to the top flight. What many didn’t see was a team going to be competing for Europa League’s spot or vying to even win the European tournament. Nuno Espirito Santo have done a great job in bringing the team from Championship to the Premier League and making them a force to reckon with. The manner in which they have gone about their business need to be admired and studied by other smaller teams trying to break into the big leagues at a lower cost.
It has to be said that Wolves also invest big but they balance those investments with decent wage bill that doesn’t give the team over bloated expenses. While in the Championship, they were able to sign players from top leagues and attract a coach that has manage a top team like Valencia in the past. They know that to sustain whatever they are planning on building then, they had to bring in someone that can get the job done on a long term. They also had an agent that help scout for top talents especially in top European leagues for a fee which many don’t support but have worked for them. Becoming a mainstay in the Premier League has always been the goal of any team coming from the Championship and that has been achieved by Wolves. They are now more than a club fighting to stay up, they are fighting for European places. This is a club that was promoted two years ago. A dive into their transfer dealings will give a clue of how they have gotten themselves into this position.
When Nuno was appointed in 2017 after a Chinese investment group, Fosun International bought the club’s parent company, W.W. (1990) Ltd in 2016 from Steve Morgan and his own company Bridgemere Group, for an undisclosed amount, the job was simple, get the team to the Premier League. He did it in style by winning the Championship. To achieve this feat, he made some signings. Ruben Neves joined the club from Porto for a record £17.9m, same as Diogo Jota from Atletico Madrid on loan. These signings started the revolution at the club. With the ability of Nuno, he was able to galvanized the club into winning the Championship which made it easier to attract more players that suit his style.
Being a former coach of Rui Patricio at Porto, he went all out to get the Portugal number one and signed experience midfielder, Joao Moutinho, from Monaco for their quest into the premier League. Adama Traore also joined as his club, Middleborough got relegated that season. These set of players became integral to the team. Nuno was careful about the choice of players he signed as they fit into his way of play and also had instant impact. The amount of investment made by the owner have yielded great returns in just two seasons in the Premier league. Every new investor in a mid-table Premier League club needs to take a cue from what Wolves owner have done.