For many sides promoted to the Premier League, seventeenth place in the table is a reasonable ambition in their first season back in the big time.
But promotion has always been part of Wolves’ ten-year plan and ever since they raced to the top of the Championship in the opening months of last season, they have been planning for the Premier League.
Attempting to tread water to stay afloat has left many of the Premier League’s bottom half sides devoid of identity and excitement as they simply seek to avoid relegation and keep the money rolling in.
So Wolves’ expensively assembled and expensive side was always seen as an outfit which could make a serious dent in the division, even in the first season back.
Wolves clearly feel the same way as latest reports reveal that their players have clauses in their contracts pertaining to a top half finish and go all the way up to qualification for the Europa League.
Perhaps just as importantly, the payments for ‘merely’ surviving are relatively modest; it’s clear that Wolves are looking far beyond that, whereas the vast majority of promoted clubs would offer a huge incentive to just finish on the right side of that dotted line.
But Wolves have grander plans and are surely the most ambitious newly-promoted side in Premier League history.