Both newly promoted Wolves and Fulham had very busy summer transfer windows indeed.
With a net spend of over £150m from both clubs, neither were intent on simply surviving in the Premier League, they wanted to take the division by storm, and very often money is the way to do that.
Both broke club records in many ways over the summer with their signings, so let’s compare how both of these clubs did…
After dominating the Championship last season, Wolves joined the Premier League with high hopes. They had some brilliant young players, and a fantastic manager in Nuno Espírito Santo. Nonetheless, there was still plenty of room to improve their squad.
The club spent over £60m, as they strengthened their squad in all aspects. The Portuguese Nuno was able to attract many stars from his homeland- João Moutinho and Rui Patricio being prime examples.
While Moutinho and Patricio represent a slightly more experienced contingent, which is vital, the club also secured the signature of some very young talents. The 22-year-old Adama Traoré and the 21-year-old Diogo Jota both have great futures that many people will hope is at Molineux.
However, while the majority of signings have been fantastic additions to the club, there are some that haven’t taken off yet. Leander Dendoncker is yet to feature in the Premier League, despite being a very promising, and versatile, player when joining from Anderlecht.
However, a couple of slightly suspect signings cannot dampen what was a brilliant window for the club.
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On deadline day this summer, Fulham took their summer spending to £100m, a first for a newly promoted side. This was quite a statement from The Cottagers.
Those deals included record signing Jean Michael Seri, amongst some other very big names. Their record signing has taken to the league like a duck to water, and has impressed so far. Alongside fellow new signing André-Frank Anguissa, The Cottagers look to have a very formidable midfield.
The signing of relatively young stars Aleksandar Mitrović, Alfie Mawson and Joe Bryan also signified their intentions on building for the future rather than simply the present.
Indeed, for the present, they secured some excellent loan deals, André Schürrle from Borussia Dortmund being the main one. The World Cup winner has already made a decent start to a two-season spell at Craven Cottage.
Of course, there are also some bizarre signings that are yet to take off. Sergio Rico was expected to feature heavily for the team, but is still yet to feature. However, like Wolves, he does not tarnish what was another very successful window for Fulham.
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There are three main reasons why Wolves win this transfer battle:
Firstly, they spent far less money. Of course that will be a significant factor as to which team has been more successful.
Secondly, their investment in a few more young players, which enables them to have a slightly brighter future than the London club.
Finally, the league position of each team could be an indication of the success of their transfers. While Fulham have made a fairly shaky start to their Premier League season, Wolves have got off to a flyer, which ultimately gives them this battle.
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