Wolves have exceeded expectations and have performed with a swagger that established veterans of the Premier League such as Everton and West Ham would come to expect. After storming to the Championship title last season, Wolves invested heavily in the summer with a number of Portuguese imports arriving thanks to the tight-knit relationship between Jorge Mendes and the club. You would be forgiven if you thought they would struggle as Fulham have shown this season but Wolves are navigating themselves towards European qualification and obliterating the main objective of ensuring safety.

Wolverhampton Wanderers ended the summer with 11 new signings, one of which was midfielder Leander Dendoncker. The Belgian international has been widely tipped to join a Champions League club for several seasons. He was also close to joining a Premier League rival when a deadline day move to West Ham was mooted in the 2018 January transfer window.

The move ultimately failed to materialise, but West Ham’s loss was Wolves’ gain. A move to Molineux came late in the summer as the midfielder arrived on an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy next summer for £12m. A bargain in the current market climate, Dendoncker’s move is a testament to Wolves’ rise into the Premier League and their European ambitions for the immediate and long term future of the club.

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