Peter Crouch claims Wolves will spend big this summer to ensure their hold over the top six continues.
Wolves have surprised many in the football world this season with the ease in which they have adapted to the Premier League.
With two games to go, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are three points clear in seventh spot and will claim the final Europa League place if they remain in position and Manchester City win the FA Cup.
The club splashed out around £70m last summer in readiness for their return to the top flight, adding Rui Patricio, Jonny Otto, Joao Moutinho, Leander Dendoncker, Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore and converting the loans of Willy Boly, Ruben Vinagre, and Diogo Jota into permanent moves, before turning Jonny’s move into an £18m permanent deal in January. Jimenez will become a £32m club record signing this summer when his loan from Benfica becomes permanent.
But Burnley’s former Liverpool, Tottenham and England striker Crouch has heard on the grapevine that head coach Nuno Espirito Santo will splash the cash again in the close season to reinforce the squad.
“From what I hear, they are going to spend big again this summer and really consolidate the work they have done,” the 38-year-old told the Daily Mail.
“If their purchases prove to be as good as the ones they have made so far, then Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad will continue to be a threat.
“I watched them blitz Arsenal on Wednesday and I can see results like that becoming the norm. I knew last summer they were a team going places and they can be rightly satisfied with their season.”
Wolves have taken 16 points off the top six teams this season. At Molineux, they have beaten Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal and drew with Manchester City, while away they have won against Tottenham, and drew with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, plus knocked Liverpool and Manchester United out of the FA Cup. Crouch admits Wolves’ emergence surprised him – until he played against them last summer, in a pre-season friendly that ended 0-0.
“When Stoke played Wolves in a friendly last July, I knew it would be easy to tell the gulf in class,” he added. “We had spent 10 years in the Premier League, they were a raw team who had just been promoted. What I didn’t expect was Wolves to look like the team that had a decade’s experience at the top.”
Crouch has been impressed by several of Wolves’ players this season.
“I’ve followed them closely ever since and so many of their players have made big impressions. We all know about Ruben Neves but Diogo Jota and Jonny have been superb and Morgan Gibbs-White is going to be a huge talent.”