From very early on in the season, it became as clear as night follows day that Wolves were going to gain promotion to the Premier League. It wasn’t much longer after that many knew they’d go up as champions.
In a way, the Black Country side were imperious in the way that they went about their business, sweeping teams aside with nonchalance and a sense of aplomb. Their style of play was irrepressible at times, opponents were often swept away under the weight of a deluge of attack-oriented football.
Critics claimed that Wolves simply ‘bought the league’ on account of bringing in highly rated Ruben Neves for a Sky Bet Championship record £16 million fee. Others such as Willy Boly and Atletico Madrid attacker Diogo Jota joined the black Country revolution.
With promotion comes the prestige of playing in what is often seen as the world’s première club competition – the Premier League being football’s ‘big draw’. Wolves will want to keep a nucleus of players that brought them to the top table; one of those will likely be Atletico youngster Jota.
Especially if either of these is anything to go by.
Jota’s two goals here in tonight’s Under-21 game against Italy show just what the young Portugal starlet is capable of. Jota was so highly thought of in terms of potential that Atletico Madrid paid Portuguese side Paços Ferreira £6.5 million to sign him as an 18-year-old.
That potential was clear for all Wolves fans to see during last season’s sparkling Championship campaign, a campaign where the Masserelos-born youngster hit 17 goals and laid on six assists.
With those kind of returns, Wolves fans will no doubt be hoping that the club bring him back to the Molineux fold on a permanent basis.