Former Leeds United stalwart Dominic Matteo believes that the club would benefit from following the model set by the Wolves side that beat them 1-0 on Monday night, given their meteoric rise into European football.
The Whites have seen a lot of change over the past two years, going from a side loitering around lower mid-table in the Championship to one with a project aiming to deliver European football once again at Elland Road.
The attempts of the elite clubs in the Premier League to cordon off the Champions League for the future have struggled to gain any traction, and when you see Shakhtar Donetsk’s 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Wednesday night, you see why it’s a more beneficial system to allow anyone who qualifies the chance to compete.
Wolves have managed to upset the apple cart in the top six with very wise investment and a clear project in mind to build a very competitive side, meaning they are regularly looking for a place in Europe each season.
Before Monday night, the last time Leeds faced Wolves was back in the 2017/18 season where Paul Heckingbottom welcomed Nuno Espirito Santo’s title-chasing side to Elland Road.
The game ended 3-0 and it was clear that they were going places while we weren’t. Enter Marcelo Bielsa and the project becomes an awful lot more clearer.
While our approach to getting into the Premier League didn’t involve a similar overhaul, careful investment in key areas is something where we have certainly followed in Wolves’ footsteps.
Promotion has hugely boosted the spending power of Leeds and the upward potential of the club is much akin to Wolves when they first entered the Premier League in 2018/19.
Former Leeds man Dominic Matteo has delivered his verdict on how Leeds can follow Wolves’ approach in the top flight after their meeting on Monday, where the visitors came away from Elland Road with a 1-0 win.
Wolves have set an example of how you take the Premier League by storm in your first two seasons, and it’s definitely within reason to believe we could do the same in the coming years.
We might not have had the spending power of Wolves when we were in the Championship, but our investment in the Premier League shows that we’re pushing towards a top-half spot in the coming years.
The issue of how long Bielsa is here might hamper our long-term ambitions, but if we can establish ourselves as a top-flight outfit without the threat of relegation, we should be able to push towards the likes of Wolves and Leicester.
You can see the difference between a Premier League-hardened side like Wolves and us, who have just re-entered the league, with the efficiency they showed at both ends of the pitch, and it’s definitely something to aspire to.