Jamie Carragher, believes Wolverhampton Wanderers could be the surprise of compete with Chelsea for a top four place.
While Wolves fans are daring to dream of more than football in the world seems to be dominating for their credentials.
Not Carragher – although he admits the Stamford Bridge club are obviously clear favourites.
“Nobody mentions the Wolves,” said the SkySports pundit after the Premier League first round of places.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s team has had on the place where they had left before locking it with a fine performance in the 2-0 victory against West Ham United on Saturday evening.
With Manchester United, drawing at Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night, the Wolves ‘ latest victory leaves them sixth in the table, level on points with United.
Chelsea came from behind to beat Aston Vila 2-1 at Villa Park yesterday, which gave Frank Lampard the team a five-point buffer on the Wolves.
Carragher believes Chelsea are still in the driver’s seat to finish in the top four, but the legend of Liverpool is confident the Molineux men can be a black horse at the end of the season race for Champions League places.
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“I think that initially, when Chelsea go 1-0 down at half-time, it is probably a bit a bit of a worrry for Frank Lampard, because a lot of the results went for them during the weekend,” said Carragher.
“They wanted to capitalize on the first weekend, with Spurs and Manchester United and drawing Sheffield United not starting as well as they can.
“Nobody mentions the Wolves, in terms of the top four. They were really impressive with their performance at West Ham. “
The wolves flier Adama Traore could be tempted to move to a club where he is a “nailed-down starter’.
This is the point of view of Jamie Redknapp, who noted how the Spaniard came off the bench to destroy West Ham at London Stadium Saturday.
The former Liverpool midfielder has been blown away by Traore display – but he warns of the Wolves, he might be tempted away if it doesn’t get more starts.
Redknapp, the warning comes at a time when Traore was linked with the Reds, giants, Manchester United and even a return to Barcelona, where he was an intern.
“Adama Traoré came on in the 64th minute, and blitzed West Ham,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“It was a match-winning effect and I can’t help but wonder if all the clubs will test the Wolves of Traore in the next transfer window.
“What the 24-year-old want is to be nailed to the bottom of the starter where it is. Nobody wants to be seen simply as an impact sub.”
In reality, Traore has started 22 of the Wolves’ 30 Premier League games has come on to the bench of seven, and has enjoyed the way Nuno Espirito Santo has managed him to such an extent that it has been this breakthrough of the season, even if he has been managing a shoulder problem for the spells.
Wolverhampton Wanderers fans were watching Chelsea’s clash with Aston Villa with interest on Sunday.
Many of the supporters, would have put local rivalries to one side in the hope of a favour from Villa against Frank Lampard is next.
Before the kick off Chelsea were only two points ahead of the Wolves in the race to secure qualification for the next season of the Champions League after Nuno Espirito Santo has won 2-0 at West Ham United on Saturday.
And it looked as if 19th-placed Villa were on their way to pull an upset when Kortney Hause delivered in his first top-flight goal just before the break.
But a quickfire double from Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud in the second half saw Chelsea take the three points.
This means Wolves, who are sixth, now trail fourth-place Chelsea by five points, while Manchester United are fifth due to better goal difference.
But a number of fans have taken to social media after the game, at the request of Chelsea are not the team of Wolves are rivals in the final weeks of the season.
Instead of this, a few supporters said Leicester City are more likely to be caught. The Foxes are eight points ahead after having returned to action with a 1-1 draw against Watford on Saturday.
But Brendan Rodgers side, currently third, facing several sides in the top 10 in their race with matches against Chelsea, Manchester United, Sheffield United, Tottenham, Crystal Palace and Arsenal to come.
One Wolves fan said on social media: “from My point of view on the European spots. #wwfc are not after Chelsea. They are, after Leicester. ”
“I had the same feeling that they are catchable, but I have not had a look at their fixtures to see if it is realistic,” says another.
A third claimed: “100% catchable. Over rated team. ”
“Okay,” another supporter said.
Ian Wright has heaped praise on Adama Traore to become one of the Premier League’s most dangerous attacking players.
Traore is enjoying a brilliant season Wolverhampton Wanderers have transformed his game under Nuno Espirito Santo.
His latest impressive display came in the 2-0 victory away to West Ham United on Saturday, coming off the bench to set up Raul Jimenez for the opening of the objective and to play a role in the second.
During the break of the Premier League fixtures Traore has revealed that he was aiming to get even “more quickly” to create more problems for the opposition defenders.
“I worked a lot at home and I’ve been using the plans that they gave to us, because in myself, I want to be the best that I can be, so when I get back on the field, I can be even faster,” he said.
Arsenal hero Wright analyzed Traore performance at the London Stadium, the Match of the Day.
“What I’ve noticed about him now is the way it seems to be now enjoy the time and the space that it has,” said Wright.
“He is so smart with the way he moves the ball. Once he moves in situations like this, it is so difficult to stop. His passing has improved no end. “
The next in line
Juventus have entered the race to sign Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, according to a report in, offering two players and cash for the Mexico international.
Manchester United and Real Madrid have both been linked with a move for the 29-year-old who has made his €38 m € Molineux move permanent last summer.
But now, Juventus are rumored to be ready to offer Jimenez the chance to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin.
The giants of Serie A is going to offer two of their first-team squad at the back, Daniele Rugani and Federico Bernardeschi, in a case in which they hope to bring down the Wolves ” of £54m asking price, the report claims.
Rugani, 25, has been linked to a move to join Nuno Espirito Santo in the past, while Bernadeschi, 26 in 18 league games this season.
Jimenez has also been linked with moves to join Liverpool and Barcelona in recent weeks thanks to his impressive performance in the Premier League.
The striker has hit 23 goals in 46 games in all competitions, including a goal on the Wolves ‘ return to action this Saturday afternoon.