Last season, Jorge Mendes helped Wolves secure the players needed to get into the top flight.
There were other factors, of course there were, but his influence directly affected the title race.
This season, he’s doing the same with Nottingham Forest.
There’s no suggestion this is a philanthropic move on his part, he’s clearly making good money shifting these players into the Championship, but his power in world football is such that otherwise unobtainable players are turning up in our second tier.
Is that influence set to guarantee Nottingham Forest the title though? The FLW team discuss whether Jorge Mendes’ influence is a way to guarantee the Championship title.
Not a guarantee, but a huge helping hand.
Anyone who can help players like Helder Costa join a Championship side is going to be a massive asset to a club. It is not necessarily a guarantee, but it certainly puts a team well on their way to a title.
There is no way to guarantee the Championship title. The Championship is the most entertaining league in the world due to the fact it is so unpredictable.
There is no doubt that Mendes’s influence helped Wolves massively last season, but with Cardiff and teams like Burnley before we have seen how anyone can win promotion from the league, regardless of outside influencers
It’s hard to say that from just one case study in Wolves.
There is no doubt that Jorge Mendes’ influence helped Wolves acquire some fantastic players in the transfer window, but it was the whole team effort from the players, manager and co that made the Old Gold such a success
I think we’ve all been watching football enough to know that there is not one way to guarantee winning the Championship – otherwise everyone would have done it by now!
But having a world-renowned super-agent ready to bring top class players to your club certainly doesn’t hamper your chances and Nottingham Forest could follow in Wolves’ footsteps next term
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