If you have had the pleasure of watching Wolves play, whether it be at home or away, at some stage you will hear their fans singing about how their manager Nuno Espirito Santo had a dream. The start of it goes, ‘Nuno had a dream, to build a football team,’ other notable points in the song refer to their wealthy Chinese owners as well as a wonder kid from Porto who is Ruben Neves.
After Wolves’ impressive start to the season, it’s fair to say that this dream of Nuno’s is fast becoming a reality if it hadn’t already after they blitzed the Championship last season. The Portuguese manager has arrived in the Premier League with his Wolves side and instead of just trying to survive by frustrating the opposition, he has instead taken the game to the established teams in the top flight and isn’t only bloodying a few noses but leaving teams knocked spark out on the canvas.
The Wanderers are playing an exciting brand of football and the results are paying dividends with wins over Southampton and West Ham, and a draw at Manchester United all in the month of September. This fine form has seen Nuno named September’s Manager of the Month which is just reward for an exceptional run that has seen Wolves collect 10 points from a possible 12.
Right now, Wolves lie in seventh position in the league table and only five points behind league leaders Manchester City. When assessing the Premier League odds for the 2018/19 winner you instantly see City are favourites at 4/6 but could Wolves be considered realistic title challengers? It’s a question that is likely to be scoffed at but no one would have predicted Wolves would have only lost once after eight games having played the likes of Everton, Man City, and Manchester United.
Nuno’s men were able to hold Guardiola’s City to a draw at Molineux in August and it was then that those who didn’t already know what Wolves were about would quickly find out. Vincent Kompany waxed lyrical about Wolves after that game and said that they would take points off City’s rivals. It looks like Kompany was on the money with his assessment and Wolves aren’t likely to fall off the pace dramatically like promoted teams seem do after they hit the ground running in the Premier League, only for the wheels to fall off.
In fact, the only impending disaster at Wolves could be Nuno being poached by a bigger club. There were whispers that the board at Manchester United were massive admirers of the 44-year-old and would like him at some stage to take over at Old Trafford.
With chaos reigning at Old Trafford, you just never know what could happen next. There’s very little chance that Nuno would be out of his depth either and his straight-talking style would leave few in any doubt as to who was boss. For now, the Wolves dream goes on with their leader Nuno steering them towards big things.