With Wolverhampton Wanderers tasting Premier League Asia Trophy success as we took a fantastic penalty victory over Manchester City with goalkeeper Rui Patricio stealing the show, one of the hot topics this summer has been whether or not Wolves could kick on next season and improve on our seventh-placed finish in our first year back in the top flight.
Plenty of fans will feel that for next season, breaking the top six would be a step too far and we should simply be looking to enjoy our European adventure and consolidate a top-half finish given the often spoken about ‘Second Season Syndrome’.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live (via the Birmingham Mail) recently, former midfielder Paul Ince felt that with our early start to the campaign this year, although we were the most likely side to break into the top six in the foreseeable future, he didn’t feel it would happen next year.
“If anyone is going to do it, I’d say Wolves are the most capable. I watched them against Manchester City, though it was only a friendly game, where they won on penalties. They’re a very good outfit, they know how they want to play, the manager is comfortable with it, they had a fantastic season last year but they’ve got to do it again. I just feel, although it would be great for one of those so-called lesser teams to break into that, I really can’t see it. We’ve talked about Manchester United bringing in players, Arsenal bringing in players, Frank Lampard at Chelsea, with the embargo he’s got, but he’s still got top-class players. It would be a surprise, and that’s not being disrespectful to any of those clubs, if they were to break into the top six.”
I would think for this campaign most fans would agree, but there’s nothing wrong with aiming high is there.