Wolverhampton Wanderers bulldozed their way to Premier League promotion with four games to spare, returning to the top flight for the first time since 2012.
Nuno Espirito Santo engineered Wolves return to the top-flight, getting the club play some mesmerising football. In the first half of the campaign, they blew teams away with their flowing attacking and expansive brand of football.
After seeing Wolves dazzle in the Championship, you expect them to continue their style in the Premier League. With an astute manager at the helm, the Molineux-based club needs to strengthen a few areas before they rub shoulders with the big boys.
That being said, here are three players Wolves must sign from the relegated Premier League clubs to stay in the top flight next season.
Jack Butland (Stoke City)
While John Ruddy has done extremely well in goal, perhaps being the best goalkeeper in the Championship, he isn’t a Premier League-quality material. As per reports, Wolves are targeting Stoke City’s, Jack Butland.
Arguably Stoke’s best player in a disastrous season, Butland would be a serious upgrade to Ruddy, who won the Championship’s Golden Glove trophy.
The 25-year-old is one of the finest shot-stoppers in England and Wolves are looking to poach him this summer. Signing Butland would be a statement of intent.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City)
Stoke will be plying their trade in the Championship next season, with a host of their star names likely to be poached by Premier League clubs. Apart from goalkeeper Butland, another player garnering a lot of attention is attacker Xherdan Shaqiri.
Wolves have a high investment policy powered by the FOSUN International ownership which quite expectedly has worked wonders. Hence, signing Shaqiri from Stoke shouldn’t be a problem.
For staying in the Premier League beyond next season, Wolves will need top talents like Shaqiri. The stocky Swiss scored 8 goals and supplied a further 7 assists but failed to keep Stoke in the top-flight. The attacker certainly showed that he is worthy of playing in England’s top league.
Shaqiri is technically adept with his close control and ball-playing abilities. He can beat defenders with his pace and trickery and contribute with goals as well.
The former Bayern and Inter man’s direct approach and natural skill would provide Wolves with more buzz and energy as they look to make a mark in the Premier League.
Jordan Ayew (Swansea City)
Jordan Ayew’s seven goals for Swansea proved far too less as the Welsh outfit suffered relegation this season. His splendid performances at the Liberty stadium might not go unnoticed as the Ghanaian looks for an escape route out of the club.
Wolves, ideally, should hand Ayew a Premier League lifeline as they need a proper centre-forward. They cannot hang around with their current options and probably could do much better in the transfer market.
A player of Ayew’s quality and experience must not be ignored at any cost. Ayew likes to play short passes, chases down every ball and has a decent vision for through balls. He isn’t a complete package but would relish the opportunity to return to the Premier League.
Wolves could be the perfect destination for the Ghanaian.