Wolverhampton Wanderers secured an impressive win yesterday.
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul Lambert
The Championship side invested in signing players from Portugal, France and Holland with very mixed success.
Helder Costa has been outstanding and Ivan Cavaleiro has shown promise, but the likes of Paul Gladon and Joao Teixeira failed to contribute.
Walter Zenga was fired from his role after just a few months with it quickly apparent that a promotion challenge was not on the agenda for the team.
Former Wolves manager Walter Zenga
Wolves made the transfer splurge after their takeover by Fosun International, and while squad improvements are required if the club are to take the next step, Lambert states it musty be done on his terms - that players with Championship experience are signed.
He told the club website: "We are safe now and one thing I do know is that what happened last summer can’t happen again.
“We can’t have another 12 or 13 coming in with many who maybe don’t know the division and haven’t played many games.
“We will do everything we can to get lads in who are going to be ready for it, to play in front of big crowds, Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday."
Wolves' win away to Leeds meant it is mathematically impossible for them to be relegated, but this was never intended to even be a fear for them when the season began.
Fosun will have to pay attention to how the season has panned out and accept their share of responsibility for it, and if Lambert is to succeed next year then he needs to be given freedom to choose the players to bring into the club.