Wolves romped to the Championship crown last season and the question on everyone’s lips heading into the new season isn’t ‘can they survive in the Premier League?’, but rather ‘just how well can Wolves do?’
Whilst Nuno would be wise to try and manage expectations, the feeling of excitement and optimism around Molineux is palpable.
When people look at the Wolves squad, certain names leap right out. Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez, Ivan Cavaleiro. All of them could make themselves stars in the Premier League this season.
Wolves haven’t got this far on the back of a few brilliant individuals though. Nuno has cultivated a real team here, who play for each other and work hard according to a well organised and executed plan.
Some of those who go on to stand out throughout the upcoming campaign may not be amongst the aforementioned headline grabbers, or be one of the host of big name imports that Wolves are being linked with.
Matt Doherty was crucial to Wolves’ success last season and the Irish international will remain vital to Nuno’s top flight plans too.
The right-back’s importance to this side is underlined by the clutch of awards he took home from the club’s end of season celebration. Doherty was presented with both the Players’ Player of the Season and Fans’ Player of the Season gongs on the night.
He may not have garnered the column inches that have been dedicated to Ruben Neves, or attracted the media attention shining upon the club’s big spending, but Doherty will hit the ground running in the Premier League all the same.
Soon enough he’ll be being talked about a whole lot more.