Ikeme's Wolves return to English Premier League after six-year absence

  • Ikeme's Wolves return to English Premier League after six-year absence

Ikeme's Wolves return to English Premier League after six-year absence

Fulham needed to win all four of their remaining matches to have any chance of stopping Wolves in their bid for promotion but a late Brentford goal from Neal Maupay against the Cottagers ensured it was all over.

Wolves sealed their return to the Premier League without playing a game as they became the first side promoted on Saturday.

Wolves have won 28 of their 42 league games this term to seal a return to the top flight after a six-season absence.

Wolves managing director Laurie Dalrymple credits Santo, a former Porto and Valencia coach, with spearheading the team's revival since taking charge a year ago.

Third-placed Fulham conceded a 94th-minute equaliser in a 1-1 home draw on Saturday to hand automatic promotion to Nuno Espirito Santo's men with four games to spare.

"What he has brought in has been fantastic", Dalrymple told Sky Sports. Attention will now turn to clinching the title, with Wolves nine points ahead of second-place Cardiff.

By far the best side in the Championship this season, Wolves' slick brand of football have kept them top of the table since mid November.

The Midlands club have connections with super-agent Jorge Mendes and have spent heavily on recruiting talent such as Diogo Jota, Ruben Neves, Willy Boly and Ivan Cavaleiro.

They now have 92 points with 28 victories and eight draws, with 76 goals scored.

And despite a mid-winter blip, Wolves have finished as strongly as they began with 16 points from their last possible 18 securing promotion.