Ambitious Wolves will ‘compete with the best teams’ to strengthen their squad this summer – and they will be more attractive to the top players.
That’s the opinion of chairman Jeff Shi in a statement issued on the club’s website before the end of the season awards at Telford International Centre this evening.
Shi also claims head coach Nuno Espirito Santo will be looking to recruit better players than before. That will truly whet the appetite of Wolves fans already pinching themselves at the season they have just witnessed after finishing seventh, the club’s best placing for 39 years.
“I cannot say very concretely now, but what I can say is we will work very hard to improve the squad, and also try to compete with the best teams,” said Shi.
“Now we have shown we can be very competitive in the Premier League, and we have also beaten many strong teams which makes the club more attractive to the top players in the world.
“We have a top coach and a top team, so I think the job will be easier to us, but because we are already here, the requirement for the quality of the players will be higher.”
Shi revealed some targets may become available to them this summer that weren’t a year ago because they are being taken more seriously.
“It doesn’t only depend on us, it depends on the market, because currently we are at a better position than the last season,” he said.
“To be honest, last season when we were just promoted, I felt some players didn’t want to come because ‘oh, you’re just promoted, maybe you will go down again’.”
Shi suggests the nucleus of the current squad will remain in place however as they look to Nuno to continue their improvement. But the chairman is focused on Wolves using the market cleverly to get the right players for the right players.
“It’s always two parts; I think the first part is how the players in our squad are now, how can they improve for the next season,” he said.
“You can see, for example, Diogo (Jota), has improved a lot, while some of the players were from the Championship, but you can see they can handle it very well in the Premier League.
“I think the first thing is we want to see more growth and more development from the current squad, but the next thing is about how to do something in the window.
“I think, depending on Nuno’s identity and philosophy, we are very clear about what profile of player we want.
“But it depends on the market. You know what you want and that’s the most important thing, but you also need the market to release the players you want.”
Shi also stressed the importance of being patient in the market to wait for the right player. at the right price at the right time.
“By my personal experience, it takes time,” he said. “We have to be patient and we are not just trying to buy the best players in the world, it doesn’t work like that.
“We have to be patient and wait for the right deal to happen. When we are talking about the right deal, it means the players wants to come to us, and also the club he’s at now wants to sell him or loan him.”