Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Ryan Bennett has indicated that the club are aiming to finish in the top 10 of the Premier League during the ongoing campaign. The west Midlands outfit had recently gone through six matches without a victory but they managed to make amends with a stunning 2-1 comeback triumph over Chelsea.
Speaking after the game, Bennett highlighted that the club are aiming to finish in the top half of the Premier League standings but admits they are likely to experience a tough ride towards achieving the target, he told TalkSPORT: “We'll be trying to achieve that top 10 finish but we'll see what happens. To finish in the top half in your first season is tough. A lot of people outside the club have been saying that's where we should be, but we know within the squad how hard it's going to be. You look at the dip we just had and it makes you realise how hard it is in this league. We knew it was going to be hard coming into the season.”
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo has suggested that his team may have been lucky to secure a victory over Southampton on Saturday. The match was tightly contested with both teams testing the opposition goalkeeper but, ultimately, it was the Wolves who prevailed after goals from Ivan Cavaleiro and Jonny Otto in the final 11 minutes of the game.
Speaking after the match, Nuno admitted that he cannot determine where his side deserved the three points, though they managed to gain control of the game following the opening goal, he said: “In the end, if we deserve it or not, you never know. If you ask if we deserve it or not, I would say yes. Probably Mark Hughes would say no, but this is the game, this is sport, this is football. What we know is we are ready and able to adapt to any scenario we come across in the game. Even when you are not having the ball you have to stay consistent, organised and that's what keeps you in the game. You have to score and after the first goal we had the game controlled and managed well and we arrived at the second goal.”
Belgium international Leander Dendoncker has spoken about the excitement of playing in the Premier League following his move to Wolverhampton Wanderers. The 23-year-old has joined the west Midlands outfit on a season-long loan but the club have the option to buy him for £12m at the end of the campaign.
Speaking to reporters, Dendoncker admitted that he has achieved his dream of making the move to the Premier League and he is now looking forward to playing with some of the best players around, he said: “A move to the Premier League is a dream for every footballer. My international team-mates say it is the biggest league in the world. They told me to come here and that I would become a better player because playing in the Premier League is like playing Champions League every week. I don’t think that is a lie, because I think the best players are here. This is an ambitious club [Wolves] – that’s what attracts me the most.”
Wolves have been able to agree a one-year extension to the contract with manager Nuno Espirito Santo. The Portuguese was responsible for getting the club back into the Premier League in his first season at the Molineux stadium. Even though he has been back quite significantly in the transfer market with several signings, the manner in which the 44-year-old was able to achieve success in a short span of time was quite impressive. Wolves have once again back to their manager quite strongly in the summer and it bodes well for the club’s opening match against Everton.
This will be the first Premier league match for Wolves in the last six years, as the club has gone through a struggle during this period. Nuno originally had a contract with Wolves until the summer of 2020 but it has now been extended by an additional 12 months. This gives the club a lot of stability going forward, but Nuno will be aware that results hold the key towards keeping him in the job going forward. The club has already brought in the likes of Raul Jimenez and Rui Patricio. Players like Diogo Jota, Ruben Vinagre, Leo Bonatini, and Willy Boly have been made into a permanent part of the club by converting their loan deals into a permanent move. These players were crucial in getting the club from the Championship into the Premier league as the table leaders.