Jorge Mendes’s influence can attract world class players and push Wolves into the Premier League’s top six.
That’s the opinion of popular former Wolves striker George Ndah.
With the help of the Portuguese super-agent, Wolves have signed Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Diogo Jota, Rui Patricio and Willy Boly among others to transform from a mid-ranking Championship club to seventh in the Premier League and FA Cup semi-finalists inside two years.
Neves swapped the Champions League with Porto for the Championship with Wolves in a then club record £15.8m move but the gamble worked out.
At £5m, the signing of Moutinho is regarded as a bargain as he has been one of Wolves’ best players this season after moving from Monaco last summer.
Without Mendes, it’s difficult to imagine those players being lured to Molineux, particularly Neves to the second tier.
Ndah believes Mendes, whose first client was head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, has been key to that transformation.
“In football you have to invest, but it’s about investing well,” Ndah told www.wolvesbite.com.
“Wolves can spend money but they spend it on good players, and players that if it wasn’t for a certain agent (Mendes) and the contacts he has, they wouldn’t be able to reach those players.
“To be able to have someone like that to influence world class players to come to the club is fantastic for Wolves.
“Because of that, they can go on to achieve what they want to achieve. It’s a very exciting time for Wolves.”
Asked if they could they break into that top six, Ndah said: “The way they’re going, I would not bet against Wolves. Why not?
“If you’d said to me and many people before the season that Wolves would be in seventh place in March, most would have said ‘no chance – probably mid-table or just below that’.
“So to be where they are is fantastic and if other results had gone their way, they probably would be higher.
“I am really looking forward to where the future is going to take the club.”
Ndah admits from being a Wolves player he has become a Wolves fan because the current team is so good to watch.
“It’s a fantastic dynamic – they’re quick and strong and they’re a very clever team, in the way the manager has assembled the team, and the way the team implement his ways of playing is fantastic to watch,” he said.
“To be associated with Wolves and to see how they have made the transition from my time there and today is fantastic to see.
“Wolves can achieve whatever they want to now so I’m watching from afar with excitement as an ex-player but now fan.”