Nuno Espirito Santo insists that the premier league is no more just a “bix six” league and there is quality throughout the table.
Nuno Espirito Santo said “I’m reluctant to call it the ‘big six’ because I think it’s a very, very, very good league. Any team is very difficult. What’s happening this season can happen again next season, but you never know. All the squads are impressive in quality and the managers, the way they prepare their teams, improve the quality of the games, so I see smaller gaps between teams. Why? Because of the quality of the players, the power in terms of finances that the clubs have to grow and get talented and quality players. Before it was not so much.”
After a goalless draw with Leicester City, Wolves moved to seventh in the table, just one point behind Spurs having played one game extra. And after the news of Manchester City facing a two-year ban from Europe, a fifth-place finish may just be enough this year to see Wolves qualify for the UEFA champions league next year.
Since the Chinese Investment Group, Fosun International took over Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2016, they have been one of the best-run clubs in the country if not in Europe. A further example of how well the club is run is the deadline day signing of league one-star Luke Matheson, just for a £1 million fee rising to £3 million. The player will join Wolves’ under 23 squad next season and there was a tactical reason behind the shrewd signing accordingly to sporting director Kevin Thelwell, who since has left the club.
Kevin Thelwell said “The system we play, it’s set up for him. He plays at right-back for Rochdale at the moment, but he’s a right wing-back in our eyes because of his energy and ability to continually sprint and recover.”
Morgan Gibbs-White insists Wolves are one of the most ‘hard-working and organised’ teams in the country. Wolves were the team that gave their players the least time off during the winter break and the 20-year-old academy graduate said that was the proof of how hard the works.
Morgan Gibbs-White said “I feel like the manager wanted work to be done, so instead of being freezing cold, he took us to Marbella – a chilled sort of break, but also working hard. Some clubs may be coming back a bit unfit, but we have managed to maintain it and, hopefully, we can kick on against Leicester and put in a good performance. As well as all the talent we’ve got and the potential we’ve got, I feel like we are one of the most hard-working teams and organised teams in the league.”
Gibbs-White just recently returned from a long-standing back issue which had limited his appearances to just four this season in a campaign where Wolves have already played 42 times.
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espírito Santo has revealed that the club is yet to meet with his to discuss a new contract, despite his current deal expiring at the end of next season. This news has come amidst the departure of Sporting Kevin Thelwell who joined New York Red Bulls this month. Laurie Dalrymple, who was the club’s chief executive also left in July. The pair was crucial in bringing the Portuguese to the club in 2017.
Nuno Espirito Santo said “They haven’t [spoken to me], I didn’t have any proposal [of a new contract]. There was no proposal on that, I have one more year of contract so I don’t think about that. I signed last season, I renewed for one more year and I have one more year. When you sign something you stick to it.
There were rumours last summer that Chelsea was interested in the services of Santo and there were stronger links of him being the candidate to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal. Should he decide to move on this summer, there will be a host of top English and European clubs ready to take