Promotion-chasing Wolves already have Premier League class in their ranks

Wolves manager Nuno EspĂ­rito Santo looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on July 29, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

Wolves are chasing promotion, but they might allow themselves to look a little further ahead already.

Nuno Espirito Santo, the Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Bristol City at Molineux on September 12, 2017 in...

After their latest win against Fulham on Friday night, Wolverhampton Wanderers temporarily opened up a four-point lead at the top of the Championship.

There is still a long, long way to go, but Wolves are living up to the pre-season hype and look set to compete for promotion this season.

Should Nuno Espirito Santo's big-spending side reach the Premier League - as looks to be a real possibility - attention will then turn to what business they can do next summer.

Diogo Jota (L) of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring their second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Bristol City at Molineux on September...

Huddersfield Town made a number of signings this year in preparation for the top flight, while there were also significant incomings at Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United - even if both clubs were left slightly disappointed by their transfer dealings.

And the promoted trio already look at home in the Premier League - none of them are in immediate danger of being dragged into a relegation battle, and Wolves will similarly hope to steer clear of the bottom three.

However, while Wolves look to have the funds to spend big on a number of stars - boosted by the attraction of top-flight football - they actually appear to need the investment far less than Huddersfield, Brighton and Newcastle did.

Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers passses the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Bristol City at Molineux on September 12, 2017 in Wolverhampton,...

Against Fulham, Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota again showed their supreme talent; the pair look like Premier League players already.

There are other stars in this team, too, and when they click - as they did on Friday - there will be plenty of top clubs who struggle at Molineux. Nuno's men have already won at Southampton and taken Manchester City to penalties this season.

Neves and Jota would be welcomed at most clubs outside the top six. Wolves will reap the benfits of spending in advance if they are shopping at the top end of the market next summer.

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