Having finished 15th last season, Wolves look like a rejuvenated side this season and now sit second only behind Reading the Championship. Their win last night has prompted the bookmakers to tip them as favourites for promotion this season.
Following his team’s defeat last night, Slutsky was quick to praise his opposition on their performance and has tipped them as the best side in the league.
“We played the best team in the league,” Slutsky said speaking to the BBC.
“I have done a lot of research. Wolves are, at this moment, the best team.”
“I am disappointed that we lost but I am proud that, for a short time, we played on the same level as, for me, the best team in the Championship.”
His homage is a clear indication to how the Wanderers have improved since last season. Clearly they will be the team to beat this year.
In response to Slutsky’s comments, Wolves manager Nuno said: “I thank Leonid for those comments. I know him and I appreciate those words from a very good coach. We had moments of really good football.
“The goals are the moments of beauty that the fans come for,
“It is what we are here for – to give the fans magic moments.
“It is a great reward for so many hours of hard work in pre-season. But my message is very clear – tomorrow is the most important, the past doesn’t count.”
Are Wolves the real deal this season?
Until last night, Wolves had gone 297 minutes in the league without conceding a single goal. Having had a successful transfer window, bringing in 11 new players, Wolves have undergone a total squad overhaul this summer, in which their new starting 11 has so far excelled so far.
Though their impressive record ended yesterday of time spent in the league without scoring a goal, they will take comfort in the fact that they remain in join 3rd place as the team to have conceded the least amount of goals.
They are also in joint second place as the team to have scored the most goals with six, averaging two a game so far. They were only able to net a total of 54 goals in 46 games last season in comparison.
They rank fourth in passing length as well, with an impressive 81% passing accuracy overall.
Though Wolves don’t rank first in any category yet, the fact they are in the top four for all categories would suggest that alongside Reading they probably are the best team in the Championship overall.
However, having played just three league games so far this season, consistency will now be key for the Midlands-based outfit, who haven’t graced the top flight of English football since being relegated in 2012.