Following out Championship title winning promotion back to the Premier League, the first season back in the top flight couldn’t have really gone any better for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Yes, we’ve had some low points under head coach Nuno Espirito Santo this year, but that was always going to be the case as we adjusted to the new level and as things stand, few can really argue with attaining seventh spot in the division – a potential European adventure next season – and the run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
Optimism around the club is high, and the more pessimistic will be concerned about second season syndrome, but I think BBC pundit Garth Crooks has completely missed the boat in his recent comments about the club.
Speaking to Final Score (4/5 – 5.10pm) the former Tottenham Hotspur striker bizarrely claimed that Nuno had now taken the club as far as he could and seventh place would be his ceiling.
“I just think whether Nuno Espirito Santo has taken Wolves as far as they can go. They are on a dangerous area whereby Europe beckons. We have seen what European competitions can do to clubs. Where the resources are limited, he can overstretch them. And also, he is the sort of manager that will be sought-after by other clubs.”
I think our transfers answer the question about the ambitions of the club and yes, Crooks does have a point when it comes to squads being over stretched by European commitments and the effect that this can have on a season, but again it’s a learning curve and if we do secure Europea League action, we’ll boost numbers to enable us to cope and we’ll probably see a bit more from our youngsters as well as we juggle things.
But you can hardly say Nuno has found his level and taken us as far as he can, and then instantly say another problem we have is that other clubs will be sniffing around the gaffer.
It’s just nonsense.