BBC pundit Robbie Savage has hailed Wolves’ recruitment after their 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, per 606 (March 1st, 25:10).
Wolves twice came from behind to beat Spurs and subsequently climbed into sixth in the Premier League table.
They now sit just three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who they will play on the final day of the season.
Since their promotion in the 2017/18 season, Wolves have spent big, parting with a total of £207.41m, per Transfermarkt, to sign the likes of Raul Jimenez, Leander Dendoncker, Adama Traore, Rui Patricio, and Diogo Jota.
In that time, they have received just £42.66m in sales, and Savage has been mightily impressed by the way they have spent their money.
He said: “The recruitment’s been great, hasn’t it? The players you’ve brought in. It’s okay having money to spend but you’ve got to spend it wisely.
“You’re looking at Manchester United’s recruitment over the past six or seven years, you compare that to Wolves since they’ve been in the Premier League, it’s brilliant recruitment.
“The players performed exceptionally well, Jimenez, brilliant, Jota, brilliant, Neves, brilliant, Moutinho’s doing well, Traore. (It’s) great recruitment, players performing week in, week out, players getting better.”
So impressed has Savage been that he believes Wolves can force their way into the top five, with a fifth-placed finish potentially enough to qualify for the Champions League after Manchester City’s ban from next season’s competition.
He said: “I’ve got to say, unbelievable, sixth, three points behind Chelsea in fourth, I tell you what, I think you’ve got an opportunity.
“You’ve got a great chance in the Europa League, I think you’ve got a great chance, as it stands, of finishing in the top five.”
Wolves have been excellent in the window.
They have identified the flaws in their squad and brought in the players to plug those gaps with little superfluous spending since their promotion.
They needed a striker, so they brought in Jimenez, who has scored 22 goals thus far this season in all competitions; they needed a winger, so they raided Middlesbrough to bring in Traore, an electric figure on the right wing; they needed a new midfield partnership so they teamed up Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves.
It is paying dividends, too, with Wolves owners Fosun almost certain to make a profit on the players if they leave – perhaps bar Moutinho, who is defying the years at the age of 33 – and have a chance of silverware this season.
They remain in the Europa League and could well go all the way; Savage is right to wax lyrical, it was only three years ago on Wednesday that they were losing to Reading in the Championship.
What a rise since.