It is 41 years since Mel Eves made his first-team debut for Wolverhampton Wanderers. And, since then, the Black Country club have played just ten seasons of top flight football.
No wonder the Molineux legend is excited by the progress his former club have made since Fosun International completed their takeover in 2016. Wolves have gone from the middle of the Championship to the middle of the Premier League and the future looks very bright for the club playing in gold.
And Eves, who made almost 200 games for Wolves between 1977 and 1984, has made a bold prediction about where Wolves will finish in their first season back in the Premier League.
“It’s just a magical time now.
“I think it’s coming back. The owners came with a 10-year plan. The first part of it was to get back into the Premier League in three – and they did it in two. They’re ahead of schedule as far as that’s concerned and then they said well, why can’t we be competing in a few years, in Europe?” the 1980 League Cup winner told the Express and Star.
“Everything is going well at the moment and I can’t see any reason why it can’t continue and, probably, comfortably finish in the top 10.”
As it stands, Wolves are well on track. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are seventh in the table now and just three points adrift of the Champions League places with the likes of Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez taking to top flight football like a duck to water.
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