Wolves took just three years to qualify Europa League and finished high in Premier League. Wolves team is a unsung hero in Premier League...
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Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves) established in 1877, were the founding members of the English Premier League.

Wolves, as they are commonly known, have won 17 major trophies in their history. That includes 11 league titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups.

Wolves appoint Nuno as their Manager

Fueled with the motive of establishing themselves as the powerhouse of England, Wolverhampton appointed former Valencia and FC Porto manager, Nuno Espirito Santo in May 2017, to lead the West Midlands club to glory.

Nuno’s appointment has turned out to be one of the best investment of the Wolves’ board. It’s not overwhelming to say the best decision made in their entire history. A man on a mission, Nuno immediately started to revamp his squad by some serious transfer business in the market.

Wolves appointed Nuno Espirito Santo to get into Premier League
Wolves appointed Nuno Espirito Santo to get into Premier League

Goalkeeper John Ruddy and centre back Ryan Bennett were acquired from Norwich City. Nuno was also able to secure the loans of the solid centre back Willy Boly and the promising duo of left-winger Diogo Jota and centre forward Leo Bonatini.

However, what made the club’s motives crystal clear was the acquisition of Ruben Neves from FC Porto. He arrived for a Championship record transfer fee of 16 million pounds.

Wolves Road To Premier League

Wolverhampton began their road to promotion to the Premier League by securing three wins from three matches in August. Later on, they went on a thirteen game unbeaten run, which eventually came to an end by Nottingham Forest.

Despite the loss, Wolves maintained a 12 point lead at the top of the table. Their dominating performances continued which saw them consolidate their lead at the top.

The only disappointing point in their otherwise fantastic season was the fact that they were not able to touch the 3 figure mark ( 100 points ) missing out by just 1 point. The 2017/18 season ended well. The Club and league record signing Ruben Neves is crowned as the Championship Player of the Season.

Ruben Neves Crowned as the Championship Player of the Season.
Ruben Neves Crowned as the Championship Player of the Season.

Boly and Ruddy accompanied Neves in the Championship Team of the Season 2017/18. The fact that Wolves were the highest scoring and also the least conceding team in the league highlighted their power-packed season.

Wolves First Season in Premier League

The 2018/19 season was Wolves’ first season in the Premier League since 2012. They aimed to emulate their success from the previous season right from the get-go.

Wolves were able to secure permanent deals for Boly, Jota and Bonatini. They signed Jonny from Atletico Madrid on loan, and Rui Patricio replaced John Ruddy as the club #1. Ruben Vinagre, Joao Moutinho from AS Monaco and Adama Traore from Middlesbrough were other significant transfers for the club.

However, the most important deal for the club was the loan deal of Raul Jimenez from Benfica. He went to become their top scorer in the Premier League and all competitions in the 2018/19 campaign.

Raul jimenez became the top scorer of wolves in Premier League
Raul jimenez became the top scorer of wolves in Premier League

This season in the Premier League saw Wolves secure their first victory against the top 4 by downing Chelsea 2-1 at the Molineux Stadium. They carried this momentum as they went on a three-match winning streak.

Later on, they put on blistering performances against Tottenham Hotspur away by thrashing them 3-1. This wasn’t the end, they defeated the only invincible PL champions Arsenal 3-1 and record PL title holder Manchester United 2-1.

Wolves Gained Europa Qualification!!!

Wolves managed to finish 7th in the Premier League, which is their highest ever finish since 1979/80. Jimenez, who signed on loan at the start of the season, netted 13 times for Wolves in the Premier league. Its the same number of times as Alexander Lacazette, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.

Nuno’s men were able to grab a spot in the UEFA Europa League’s second qualifying round as Manchester City won both the FA Cup and League Cup.

Wolves Consistency in Premier League Season 2019/20

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 2019/20 season is their 2nd consecutive campaign in the Premier League. They began the season by securing a permanent deal for Mexican striker Raul Jimenez for 30 million pounds.

Leander Dendoncker, the young Belgian signed from Anderlecht for 12 million pounds. Jesus Vallejo signed for the club on loan from Real Madrid. Also, Patrick Cutrone joined for an undisclosed amount from Milan.

Wolves’ Europa League qualifying matches commenced from July, and they have put in dominant performances consistently throughout the qualifiers. Wolves had a 14-1 aggregate in their first two matches against Crusaders and Pyunik.

Consistency is the key and Wolves performed in every premier league match
Consistency is the key and Wolves performed in every premier league match

In the group stages, Wolves finished 1 point from the top at the second position with just one loss and qualified for the knockout stages. They comfortably thrashed Espanyol 6-3 on aggregate and had a close call against Olympiacos but managed to progress with a 2-1 win.

Wolves began their Premier League with three draws from their first three games, including draws against Manchester United and Leicester City. On 6th October, Wolves downed reigning champions Manchester City at the Etihad 2-0 with a brace from Adama Traore.

Against all the odds, they completed the league double over Manchester City with a 3-2 win silencing the doubters. They have been relentless with a 3-4-3 formation, with club captain Conor Coady, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Raul Jimenez, Rui Patricio and new signing Leander Dendoncker playing 37 Premier League matches.

Unlucky End to the Season

Wolves had a good run in the Premier League finishing level on points with Tottenham Hotspur at the 7th position. The ever-impressive Raul Jimenez finished with 17 Premier League goals, just one shy of previous golden boot winner Sadio Mane and experienced Harry Kane.

Rui Patricio kept 13 clean sheets finishing behind Alisson and Nick Pope. No team has won more league matches after trailing at half time than Wolves.

Wolves Unlucky but still no spirit loss
Wolves Unlucky but still no spirit loss

Nuno has been very selective with his playing eleven by using a tightly knit group of only 20 players. The lowest in the league despite Willy Boly missing 21 matches due to an injury.

Though they have missed out on the spot in Europe, they can still qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League. They play experienced campaigners Sevilla in the quarter-finals on 12th June.

If Wolves win the Europa League, it would be a real fairy tale story for the West Midlands’ club. From playing in the Championship just three years ago to playing in the quarter-finals of the Europa League. Their growth has been exponential mainly due to the gaffer and his ability to manage this lot.

The Wolves’ players have gelled well with each other, and whenever they step out, they play as a team. Thus, They have changed their status from the underdogs of Premier League to one of the most consistent teams of England.

Also, Wolves have managed to keep hold of all their key players and the boss, Nuno, as well. Hence, it would be interesting to see what the next season holds for them.

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By Heet Babla

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